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PAGE 4                                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                                      THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022

          Eye Health Tips From Lighthouse Guild                                                    HPD And FDNY Launch Fire Safety
                                                                                                              Education Campaign
          May is Healthy Vision      flashes of light.             as needed on the job.
                  Month                   “Many common eye problems  •    Quitting smoking.        (Continued from page 3)   replacing batteries.
                                     can be corrected with glasses,  •    Taking periodic eye breaks                         •    Close the Door. When escaping
                  Taking  care  of  your  eyes  contact lenses, or laser surgery,”  -- staring at a computer all day,  community groups to plan out the  a fire in your home, always close
        should be a health priority, like  Dr. Roberts explains. “Millions  or any object, can make you blink  rest of the summer.  The campaign  the door. Closing doors saves
        eating a balanced diet and being  of Americans would see better  less and cause eye fatigue. Follow  will also include coordinated  lives.  All  residential  buildings
        physically active. “It starts with  if  they  used  corrective  lenses  the 20-20-20 rule: look away for  messaging on the web, a social  with 3 or more apartments must
        a comprehensive dilated eye  or had corrective eye surgery, if  20 seconds every 20 minutes at  media blitz, and email bulletins  have self-closing doors; notify
        exam to check for common vi-  appropriate. For people who have  something 20 feet away, which  to approximately 35,000 property  your property if they are not.
        sion problems and eye disease,”  low vision — vision loss that  can reduce eyestrain.   owners in the city.          •    Have an Escape Plan. An
        says ophthalmologist Calvin W.  cannot be corrected with glasses,  •    Eating healthy foods that pro-            HPD’s  Outreach  Van  and  escape plan is important to keep
        Roberts, MD, President and CEO  medication or surgery — vision  tect your sight, such as dark leafy  FDNY’s Fire Safety Education  you safe in the event of a fire.
        of Lighthouse Guild.         rehabilitation and technology can  greens and fish high in omega-3  Unit are taking the  fire safety  Property owners must post plans
             “We urge people of all ages  help with everyday tasks. Devices  fatty acids.       campaign on the road, bringing  on the inside of every apartment
        to schedule regular eye exams,  such as video magnifiers, audio  •    Knowing your family’s eye  information and services directly  door, common area, and distribute
        especially older adults who are at  and electronic books, smart-  health history – since some eye  to tenants and homeowners across  them to each unit, to new tenants,
        increased risk for eye diseases,”  phones, and tablets can change  conditions are hereditary.  the five boroughs. The teams  and annually.
        says Dr. Roberts.            the font size and lighting level       “It’s always important to take  will provide a wide range of  •    Clear Exits. Help your family
             An examination can alert  or magnify what’s on a screen.  care of your vision,” says Dr.  information – from filing a hous-  escape from fire, and help first
        adults to potential eye conditions  Apps  can  help people  identify  Roberts. “But, during Healthy Vi-  ing complaint and applying for  responders quickly access your
        that  can  cause  vision  loss  and  money, colors and navigate their  sion Month, we especially remind  affordable housing, to valuable  apartment, by keeping exits un-
        even blindness. They include:  surroundings,” he adds.     everyone to take care of their  life-saving fire safety informa-  obstructed by clutter or storage
        •    Cataracts, clouding of the lens       Tips and techniques to protect  eyes so they can be as healthy as  tion, tips, and handouts. FDNY  on fire escapes, hallways, and en-
        in an eye                    your vision                   possible.”                   provides educational resources in  trance doors including roof doors.
        •    Diabetic retinopathy, which       In addition to scheduling       About Lighthouse Guild    multiple languages and giveaways  •    Keep your Kitchen Safe. Keep
        causes damage to the blood ves-  regular comprehensive dilated  Lighthouse Guild provides excep-  that raise awareness on general  the area around your stove clear
        sels in the back of the eye  eye exams, other simple practices  tional services that inspire people  residential safety.    of towels, papers, and potholders.
        •    Glaucoma, increased eye  can help maintain healthy vision,  who are visually impaired to       Additionally, FDNY will offer  Stand by your pan, never leave
        pressure that can damage the  including:                   attain their goals. We provide co-  residents the opportunity to sign  cooking food unattended, and
        optic nerve                  •    Wearing protective eyewear  ordinated care for eye health, vi-  up for free smoke alarm installa-  enforce a kid-free zone around
        •    Age-related macular degen-  when playing sports or doing  sion rehabilitation and behavioral  tions through the Sound the Alarm  your stove.
        eration, which gradually affects  activities around the home, such  health as well as related services.  Program, a collaborative initia-  •    Heat Your Home Safely. When
        central vision               as painting, yard work, and home  Our podcast series, “On Tech &  tive between the FDNY, FDNY  using an electric space heater,
             You should also visit an eye  repairs.                Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,”  Foundation, and American Red  never use an extension cord. Give
        care professional if you have a de-  •    Wearing sunglasses that block  offers information and insights  Cross, which installs free smoke  space heaters at least 3 feet of
        crease in vision, eye pain, double  99-100 percent of ultraviolet A  about technological innovations  and carbon monoxide alarms in  space from combustible materials
        vision, eye redness, diabetes, or if  (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB)  that are tearing down barriers for  the homes of New Yorkers.  such as bedding and furniture.
        you see floaters (tiny specks that  radiation.             people who are blind or visually       “We must work to equip every  New Yorkers should contact the
        appear to float before your eyes),  •    Practicing workplace eye  impaired. For more information,  New Yorker and every building in  property owner of their building if
        halos around light sources, and  safety -- wearing protective gear  visit Lighthouseguild.org.  this city with the tools to protect  their apartment door doesn’t self-
                                                                                                themselves from building fires,  close, they don’t have a functional
         Attorney General James Warns New Yorkers to be Careful of                              and today we are taking yet an-  smoke alarm, obstacles block their
         Sham Charities Created in Response to Buffalo Terror Attack                            other critical step towards deliver-  exits, or they don’t have the stove
                                                                                                ing on our commitment to do just  knob covers they need. If issues
                                                                                                that,” said New York City Mayor  are not corrected, they can register
             New York Attorney General  reports of charities or ask the  thoroughly vet those who use  Eric Adams. “This campaign will  a complaint with 311.
        Letitia James has issued an alert  charity directly for its reports.   their service. Donors should only  connect hundreds of thousands of       In addition to launching the
        urging New Yorkers to beware of  •    Ask How Your Donation Will  give to campaigns conducted by  property owners and residents to  outreach campaign with FDNY,
        potentially fraudulent charities  Be Used. Find out how the char-  people whom they know. Donors  vital, lifesaving information to  HPD has translated its Ways to
        created in the wake of the hate-  ity plans to use your donation,  also should take a close look at the  help prevent future tragedies. We  Keep Your Building Fire Safe
        filled terror attack in Buffalo.  including the services and indi-  site’s FAQs and Terms and Con-  will continue pursuing this neces-  document into ten languages and
        Anyone who is considering mak-  viduals your donation will sup-  ditions to see what fees will be  sary work because New Yorkers’  posted it on the web. In the com-
        ing a donation to organizations  port. Find out more than just the  charged. Also, don’t assume that  lives are at stake.”  ing months, HPD will create ad-
        that are purportedly assisting  cause. Find out what organization  charities recommended on social       The “Keeping Homes Fire  ditional materials for tenants and
        victims of the shooting should  or entity will receive the money  media sites, blogs, or other web-  Safe” campaign educates property  property owners, promote the fire
        consult the office’s charitable giv-  and what programs it conducts or  sites have already been vetted.  owners about their fire safety re-  safety campaign on the web and
        ing tips before donating. Scam-  what services it provides.  Research the charity yourself to  sponsibilities and reminds tenants  social media, and begin inspec-
        mers often use incidents of crisis  •    Look Into Newly Formed Or-  confirm that the charity is aware  what to do in the event of a fire  tions for important fire safety
        to perpetuate frauds to divert  ganizations Carefully. Often, in  of the campaign and has given its  while laying out precautionary  information that should be posted
        donations away from the intended  the aftermath of tragedies, new  approved permission for the use of  measures to address potential fire  on the back of every apartment
        recipients.                  organizations emerge to meet  its name or logo. If available, sign  hazards at home. The top six ways  door, which provides information
             “In the wake of tragedies, like  community needs. While most of  up for updates from the campaign  for New Yorkers to keep homes  for the tenant about how best to
        the horrific shooting in Buffalo,  these organizations are well-in-  organizer to keep abreast on how  fire safe are:    protect themselves in a fire.
        scammers often take advantage  tentioned, and some may provide  contributions to the campaign are  •    Maintain Smoke and Carbon       Additional outreach events will
        of acts of kindness for personal  innovative forms of assistance,  being spent.         Monoxide Detectors. Working de-  be held throughout the summer.
        gain,” said Attorney General  some may not have the experi-  •    Exercise Caution Before You  tectors are a critical component of  For more dates and locations,
        James. “As New Yorkers from ev-  ence or infrastructure to follow  Text A Contribution. Check the  fire safety. Property owners must  please visit nyc.gov/hpdevents
        ery corner of the state show their  through on their promises, and  charity’s website or call the char-  provide & install smoke detectors.       For more information on the fire
        support and solidarity with the  some may turn out to be scams.   ity to confirm it has authorized  Detectors should be maintained by  safety campaign, please visit nyc.
        Buffalo community, I urge them  •    Solicited by Email? Find Out  contributions to be made via text  the tenant including testing and  gov/keepinghomesfiresafe.
        to be careful of sham charities and  Who is Soliciting. If you receive  message.
        make sure they give to trustwor-  a solicitation by email, find out  •    Don’t Give Cash. Give directly   In Buffalo After Mass Shooting, Biden
        thy organizations and groups. I  who is behind that email address.  to  the charity  either  by  check
        join the whole Buffalo community  Contact the charity whose name  made payable to the organization   Calls White Supremacy ‘A Poison’
        and the entire state of New York  is in the email or visit its website  or through the charity’s website.
        in mourning this senseless, hate-  to find out if the email is really  •    Be Careful About Personal       President Joe Biden traveled  how people have been radicalized
        filled act of terror.”       from the charity. Do not give per-  Information. Be cautious before  to Buffalo Tuesday to grieve  through politics and social media.
             Attorney General James of-  sonal information or your credit  giving out credit card or personal  with residents of the city, after 10       “White supremacy is a poison,
        fers the following tips for those  card number in response to an  information over the phone, by  people were killed over the week-  running through our body politic,”
        donating to those impacted by the  email solicitation unless you have  text message, or via the internet.  end in an anti-Black racist attack.  Biden asserted. “And it’s been al-
        Buffalo shooting:            checked out the charity.      In all cases, make sure you are       During a speech at Buffalo’s  lowed to fester and grow right in
        •    Check Before Giving. Donate  •      Be  Careful  When  Giving  familiar with the organization to  Delavan Grider Community Cen-  front of our eyes. We need to say
        to charities you are familiar with  Through Social Media or Other  which you give such information  ter, Biden recalled the names of  as clearly and forcefully as we can
        and carefully review information  Fundraising Sites. Before giv-  and check to see that the fundrais-  the 10 victims and who they were  that the ideology of white suprem-
        about the charity before you give.  ing through these social media  ing campaign is legitimate.   to their community. Biden said  acy has no place in America.”
        Most charities are required to  or fundraising sites, research       Report Suspicious Organiza-  evil came to Buffalo through a       The gunman, an 18-year-old
        register and file financial reports  the identity of the organizer of  tions. If you believe an organiza-  hateful individual, just as it has  white man, is believed to have
        with the Office of the Attorney  the fundraising efforts and ask  tion is misrepresenting its work,  recently in cities such as Charles-  been motivated by white-su-
        General’s Charities Bureau if  the same questions you would  or that a fundraising or charitable  ton, Pittsburgh and El Paso.  premacist ideology. He’s alleged
        they solicit contributions from  of a charity. Online platforms  scam is taking place, please con-       He added Americans cannot  to have posted online about the
        New Yorkers. Check our website,  that  host groups and individu-  tact the Charities Bureau at chari-  remain silent about the dangers of
        charitiesnys.com, for financial  als soliciting for causes may not  ties.complaints@ag.ny.gov.  white supremacy and racism, and   (Continued on page 11)
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