Winter is officially here, and living in New York City without a car it’s inevitable that we walk outside multiple times each day. Every morning we layer up with a long-sleeve shirt, cotton sweater, thin jacket, tights, wool socks, waterproof pants then on top of that winter boots, a hat, scarf, gloves and a long puffy jacket. We are not preparing for an expedition to the arctic, just our daily commute to school and back on very cold winter days. When it snows in New York City, we need to be prepared.
The thing is we live in New York City and bundling up is our daily routine, but during the holiday season the many people who visit New York City are not used to being outside in the cold for long periods of time, and might not have all of the necessary tools for outdoor safety.
Ice skating under the tree at Rockefeller Center, breathtaking holiday lights throughout the city, shopping at NYC holiday markets and fairs, and the magnificent New York City holiday windows are all activities to be done outside, in the cold. To keep these experiences magical Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care has put together some tips on staying safe outdoors this holiday season.
Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Outdoor Safety Tips
- Make sure to walk where snow and leaves are cleared from pathways, and have salt sprinkled on patches of ice. The business and home owners in NYC are responsible for clearing the sidewalks, but it they are not clear avoid walking on that side of the street.
- Leave the snow shoveling to the professionals.
- Check children’s shoes, socks and gloves periodically to make sure they are dry while walking or playing outdoors in cold weather, to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
- If you suspect frostbite or hypothermia, remove wet clothing, rewarm as soon as possible but, do not rewarm unless you can go all the way, thawing and refreezing is worse.
- Find a safe place for children to sled and choose a hill where children cannot reach fast, uncontrollable speeds.
So if you are planing on visiting New York City this holiday season make sure you stay safe while being outside in the cold. However, if a situation arises where you do need urgent care, there are over 30 different Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care locations within the New York region, that allow you to self-checkin online and are easy to check the wait time at all the different locations.
Thank you Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care for sponsoring this post for My Strange Family.