Winter Weather Advisory Tips
It took a little longer this winter for the snow to fall, but let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be a Chicago winter without the usual gusty winter snow storm. But as the snow starts to slowly accumulate, (a predicted 4-8 inches, with gusts up to 35 MPH by the end of the day Thursday according to the National Weather Service), it’s important to be prepared.
In efforts to prepare Chicagoans, the Chicago Police Department has released a few tips to help avoid hazards and stay safe during the snow storm, as strong winds are reported to cause considerable blowing and drifting snow and wind chills are also forecast to drop to near zero.
Landlords are required to provide adequate heat during the cold months, from Sept. 15 of each year to June 1 of the succeeding year, a minimum temperature of 66 degrees overnight and 68 degrees during the day.
The city of Chicago sends inspectors out to investigate all calls of inadequate heat.
Warming Centers are available to anyone in immediate danger.
Every Chicagoan should check on relatives and neighbors during extreme cold weather to ensure their safety, particularly the elderly, or those who have a serious medical condition. Anyone at risk can register with the City of Chicago at 311 for a well being call during extreme weather.
- Wear layers of warm, dry clothing, hat, and gloves.
- In case of frostbite, do not rub affected area; warm gradually; seek medical attention if skin turns blue-purple.
- Know the warning signs of hypothermia: stiff muscles, puffy face, slowed breathing, and mental confusion. If these signs are recognized, call 911.
- Prescription drugs may increase vulnerability to cold; check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Never use an oven as a heating device. Do not use an extension cord with a space heater.
- Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector are working properly.
- Individuals 60 and older should obtain a yearly flu shot.
In a medical emergency, call 911. For all other services, call the City of Chicago’s 24-hour hotline at 311.
Direct any inquiries relative to this correspondence to the Senior Services Section, at 312-745-5141