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Winter Storm Injury Prevention

Oneida County Health Department  Adirondack Bank Building, 5th Floor, 185 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501

Anthony J. Picente, Jr. Oneida County Executive  Phyllis D. Ellis, BSN, MS, F.A.C.H.E Director of Health

Oneida County Health Department would like to share with the community some prevention actions post severe winter storm to be aware of:

Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothes in several layers when needing to be outdoors during snow removal.

  • Be aware of cardiac symptoms while shoveling snow.
  • Assist those who may require special assistance, such as the elderly living alone, those with disabilities and children.
  • Bring animals indoors if possible. Assure their access to food and water is not blocked by drifts.
  • Be aware of snow plows and of children playing on or around snow banks and near roads.
  • Be sure to clear snow around furnace vents on the sides and rooves of homes to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door to await emergency personnel.
  • Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and undetectable, which is why carbon monoxide detectors are so critical.
  • Symptoms of exposure to low or moderate carbon monoxide poisoning include:
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea
    • Dizziness
  • Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide results in progressively more severe symptoms including:
    • Mental confusion
    • Vomiting
    • Loss of muscle coordination
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Ultimately death
  • Assure entrances to homes are cleared to allow access for emergency responders.
  • If possible, clear fire hydrants near your home of snow to assist in any fire emergencies.


Any questions or concerns, please contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315-798-5064.



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