Neptune has blown through and with less snow and wind than originally predicted, the snow is light, and today we have sunshine and blue sky.
As many people begin to venture outside and begin to unbury homes and cars, be careful out there! With high snow banks and limited side walks, visibility is limited. If you have to get out, drive slow! Walk safe and wear bright colors. Hopefully, it will be ‘business as usual’ soon. In the meantime, stay safe and warm!
Extra precautions are needed during extreme temperatures.With subzero temperatures and severe wind chill, there is added risk for frost bite and heart attack.
People with heart, lung and other illnesses should ask their physician for advice and recommendations before shoveling or snow blowing.
Avoid Heart Attack and Injury
Here are some tips from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
People at Increased Risk
- Have had prior heart attack
- Have heart or lung disease
- Have cardiac risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and tobacco use
- Haven’t been exercising
Ask for Help if You Are at Increased Risk
Whenever possible, seek the help of family, friends, neighbors or professional snow removal companies! Check on elderly and ill neighbors to be sure they are safe.
If you do venture outside –
- Dress appropriately; cover skin
- Limit your time outdoors
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
- Drink appropriate amounts of water to stay hydrated
- Wait at least 90 minutes after eating before exerting yourself
Be Safe! When shoveling/snow blowing or exerting yourself outdoors follow the advice of your physician, physical therapist or chiropractor and check out safety tips (above links) from the American Heart Association and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Remember – Patience, Kindness, and Neighborhood Support Go a Long Way in Times Like These. We’re All in This Together. ~ Karen Pischke BSN, RN
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