Another Winter Storm for Gloucester and Cape Ann. Be careful out there!
Stay off streets as much as possible so the plows can do their job. Shovel out fire hydrants from the snow.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Check-in on those that are ill or elderly.
Today’s snow is wet and heavy, creating increased risk of injury and heart attack for those shoveling. Hire a plow or a neighbor to help. If you do have to shovel or use a snow blower, follow the safety tips in the link below.
Be Careful Driving and Walking in the Snow.
If you have to get out, drive slow. Use extra caution. Wear sturdy boots with good traction and bright colors for visibility. Be safe and walk with grace.
Avoid Heart Attack and Injury. People with heart, lung and other illnesses should ask their physician for advice and recommendations before shoveling or snow blowing.
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
- Do a little at a time; take breaks.
- 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 – Kindness and Neighborhood Support Go a Long Way in Times Like These. We’re All in This Together. ~ Karen
Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199
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