Emergency room officials at Hartford Hospital explained the importance of wearing lots of layers to protect against bitter cold.
"It's warmer," explained Dr. Thomas Nowicki, of the emergency department at Hartford Hospital. "It traps the air between the layers. Also, if you're outside for an extended period of time, it's helpful to try to go inside and take a break to warm up."
Nowicki warned residents not to use their hands to clear jammed snow blowers and to take every precaution when removing snow and ice from roofs.
"As people are attempting to clear their roof, it's very dangerous, it's slippery, and often a steep incline. So we urge people to use a trained professional," he said.
New Britain resident Gary O'Rourke was using a winch to lift a snow blower into his truck over stacks of ice melt bags. He experienced the slick conditions first hand.
"You do slip," he said. "You've got to watch your footing, but you know, you've just got to be careful. Think of where your footing is."