Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, ice, snow, high winds, as well as a combination of all of these conditions. These conditions make driving hazardous as well as making walking difficult if not impossible. These conditions may cause downed trees and power lines resulting in power outages that can last for days. During winter storm events injuries and deaths have occurred from such things as exposure to the elements, dangerous road conditions, carbon monoxide poisoning from using various things in an unsafe manner for heating purposes.
Online shopping offers a safe and comfortable respite from unruly crowds, but it has its own hazards. Many people who have gifts shipped to them have the packages left at their doorsteps by their carriers, and these unattended parcels prove irresistible to thieves, who need to do nothing more than walk away with them when no one's looking.
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 30 percent of all U.S. residential fires and 38 percent of deaths in home fires occur in December, January and February.
Halloween is coming up fast and youngsters will soon be out trick or treating. As they get ready to collect their Halloween treats, the White Plains Department of Public Safety and the American Red Cross have tips to make this a fun and safe Halloween.