Tips for Bronx residents on how to stay safe as the mercury drops

With temperatures expected to dip into the single digits this week, the American Red Cross is urging residents to take some necessary precautions to stay safe.

According to the American Red Cross, residents should dress in layers, wear gloves or mittens, drink hot cider, soup or broth, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

In addition, city officials are warning landlords about the mandatory heat requirements. City officials say if the outdoor temperature is less than 55 degrees between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., it must be at least 68 degrees in a building. When the temperature drops below 40 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., they say it must be 55 degrees inside a building.

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