Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

It’s great to get outdoors during the summer, but it’s important to stay safe in the sun. Don´t let the heat ruin your family fun. Follow these tips to prevent heat-related health issues:

  • Never cover your baby’s stroller with a blanket. It may block the sun, but even a thin blanket can stop air circulation and cause the interior of the stroller to overheat.
  • Never leave a child in a parked car. Vehicles can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open.
  • Keep your children hydrated when they’re playing outside, don’t wait until they’re thirsty.

Notify NYC – Excessive Heat Warning & Cooling Centers

The National Weather Service has issued the following:
What: Excessive Heat Warning; Excessive Heat Watch
Where: NYC
When: 6AM on 7/1 to 6AM on 7/2; 6AM to 9PM on 7/2

Hazards: These conditions are dangerous to health. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers remain open. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for NYC which is in effect until 11PM today, and from 11AM until 11PM on 7/1.

Preparedness Actions:
– Avoid strenuous activity
– Active children, adults, and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors

For cooling center information contact 3-1-1 or visit https://on.nyc.gov/2KwTWhW.

More info: www.dec.ny.gov or www.weather.gov/okx/.


Tips to Keep Your Food Safe (USA.gov)

Bacteria and germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen. Whether you’re grocery shopping, cooking dinner, or hosting a party, there are simple things you can do to stay safe.

 

Learn how to keep your food safe this season:

For more information, please visit here.



It’s Not Too Late to Quit Smoking

Just because you’ve been smoking for a long time, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to quit. Quitting smoking can benefit your health at any age. Free help, advice, and tools including an app are available to help you break the habit and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information click here.




Medicare Open Enrollment Extension for Hurricane Victims

For Medicare beneficiaries seeking to change their options for 2018, the clock is ticking. Now is the time to make changes to Part C and/or Part D that better fits your health needs. But the opportunity to make any revisions will end on December 7, 2017, with one exception. If you are a survivor of the recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), there is a special enrollment period just for you through the end of the year. If you have other questions about Medicare, visit USA.gov.