Stay Safe and Warm Outdoors

Cover exposed skin and wear layers of dry, loose-fitting clothing together with:

  • Winter hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Water-resistant coat, and
  • Winter boots with good traction for icy patches.

Take extra care outdoors to avoid slips and falls from icy conditions.

  • Older adults and those with balance problems are at higher risk for slip and fall injuries.
  • Use handrails when going down the stairs.

Keep your steps, sidewalks, and driveways as free of snow and ice as possible.

  • Avoid overexertion and rest frequently when shoveling snow.
  • Stretch before you start shoveling and after you are done. 
  • Drink plenty of water before and after shoveling.
  • Use rock salt on the ground to melt ice.
  • Contact your local community organization or elected official’s office if you are an older adult who needs help with snow shoveling. If you are a community organization or an elected official, please contact New York Cares at 212-228-5000 to find volunteers who can provide shoveling assistance to older adults. Please keep in mind that spots are limited and volunteers may not be available in a particular area.

Clear snow from your car’s tailpipe before running the engine. DO NOT run your car inside a garage or against a snowbank as carbon monoxide can build up inside your car or garage.

Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website for tips on working safely in winter weather.