Storm Safety Tips from Hartford Hospital
Here are some helpful tips from Hartford Hospital, to keep you safe during snow and cold weather:
Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia by taking steps to keep warm:
-Wear a hat, hood, or scarf, as most heat is lost through the head.
-Wear layers as they provide better insulation and warmth.
-Shivering is an important first sign that the body is losing heat.
Shivering is a signal to return indoors.
Shoveling snow improperly sends thousands to hospital emergency rooms every year.
Be sure your body is physically capable BEFORE you attempt to shovel.
-If you have a history of heart related illness, high bloodpressure and/or high cholesterol, you could be putting yourself at risk of a heart attack. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help or hire someone to do your shoveling for you.
-Before starting to shovel, be sure you have warmed up properly. Try using the same type of stretching you do before your regular exercise routine.
-Start slowly, work at a steady pace and take frequent breaks and be sure to hydrate.
-Choose a small shovel, so you are not lifting as much snow. Snow may appear light and fluffy, but it can get quite heavy when it starts to melt. Lift with your legs!
-Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages and energy drinks. These can elevate your heart rate, increasing your risk for heart attack.
Snow Blower Safety:
-Stop the engine and use a long stick to unclog wet snow and debris from the machine. Do not use your hands to unclog a snow thrower.
-Always keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.
-Never leave the machine running in an enclosed area.
-Add fuel to the tank outdoors before starting the machine; don’t add gasoline to a running or hot engine. Always keep the gasoline can capped, and store gasoline out ofthe house and away from ignition sources.
-If you have an electric-powered snow thrower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times.