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Staying safe in this week of foul NYC winter weather

Just days ago, New York suffered through one severe nor'easter. The storm called Riley knocked down trees and took out power to tens of thousands of across the region. It also claimed at least one life, officials say. Riley cleanup is incomplete and now comes another onslaught in the form of Winter Storm Quinn.

Deep snow is predicted starting later this week. That means that any drivers or pedestrians venturing out have reason to be particularly careful. Plows will be out, raising the risk of injuries due to negligence or carelessness by drivers. Those on foot should be aware that while property owners have an obligation to ensure their premises are safe, keeping up with the storm will be a challenge - even for the most attentive of landlords.

State of Emergency

Even if you are set for the storm, with food and toilet paper stocked, there can be risks. The National Multifamily Housing Council puts the number of renters in the city at more than 1.5 million. If landlords haven't properly maintained appliances, gas leaks could become a problem. If carbon monoxide alarms are not up to snuff, illness or death could result.

Hazardous conditions are so prevalent that the governor says a state of emergency exists. It could well remain in place through the rest of this week and into the weekend. Ahead of Quinn's worst, state officials urge extreme caution.

  • Motorists and pedestrians are urged to avoid travel.
  • Those who must go out are warned to keep a sharp eye out for snowplows to avoid accidents.
  • Individuals venturing out should be sure to have emergency supplies and survival gear.
  • Tell someone of your plans to travel and if you have a cellphone, be sure it's charged and will stay that way.

Indoors, be ready for power outages:

  • Have supplies of food, water, necessary medications, flashlights and batteries.
  • Consider getting a battery-powered or crank radio.
  • Make sure you have backup charging equipment for cellphones.
  • If the heat goes out, don't turn to stoves or charcoal grills for heat. Avoid carbon monoxide.

By exercising due care, we can all keep safe.

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