Under the alert, which runs through Sunday, city emergency shelters will extend hours and private shelters will be encouraged to do the same. Emergency workers will reach out to the homeless, elderly and other vulnerable residents to make sure they have shelter and heat.
City health officials are also minding residents with a heart condition not to exert too much physical activity. Those without heat should be careful about using generators and other devices that may cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used in enclosed spaces.The Office of Home Energy, 410-396-5555, can provide energy assistance.
The city offers these cold weather tips for staying healthy:
- Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing.
- Always wear a head covering, like a hat and/or scarf, when outdoors.
- Keep space heaters and candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains, furniture and loose clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Check on those who are elderly and/or chronically ill.
- Provide appropriate shelter for domestic animals.
Here is a list of city shelters: