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Town Holds 3rd Annual Seminar on Safety Tips For Winter Weather

Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Justin Meyers

November 30, 2006                                                                   (516) 869-7794

Get Ready for Jack Frost!

Town Holds 3rd Annual Seminar on Safety Tips For Winter Weather

Herricks, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Tom Dwyer, and the Department of Community Services, held the third annual informational seminar, “Getting Ready for Jack Frost,” today at the Herricks Community Center. The seminar discussed issues and safety tips for the coming winter months. Along side several featured speakers, Supervisor Kaiman and Councilman Dwyer offered recommendations on what residents can do to protect themselves and their homes this winter.

“Sometimes, it is the little things that count like washing your hands or checking the battery in your smoke detector,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “By making some simple adjustments to your home you can save significant money on your heating bill, and more importantly ensure a safer home.”

Among the recommendations made by the speakers were:

· Every house should have more then one smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. In addition, they should be located in a common area of the house like a hallway and the batteries should be changed once every year.

· A simple way to prevent catching colds and the flu is to wash you hands a minimum of four times a day.

· Instead of drastically lowering your home temperature in order to save money, try gradually lowering the temperature one degree a day so your body will adjust to the colder climate.

· An easy way of insulating your older windows is by applying shrink wrap to the joints and cracks.

“It is very clear to me that there is a great need to explore ways for our residents to get through these cold winter months safe and healthy without reaching deep into their pockets,” said Councilman Dwyer. “That is why I am happy to be able to host this program which can provide people with the information they need.”

Throughout the year the Town of North Hempstead Department of Community Services offers assistance programs for our residents 60 years and over:

· Transportation to: Supermarkets, Shopping malls, Special events etc.

· Vial of Life Program

· Energy Services

· Information, assistance and counseling

· Recreation and Socialization programs

For more information regarding the Jack Frost Program please call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov

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