Winter Health And Safety Tips While Shoveling Snow – Part 1 of 3
Winter Health And Safety Tips While Shoveling Snow. The blizzard conditions and reserved cold blanketing the US Northeast pose numerous salubrity threats, a doctor warns. If you must be outdoors, staying warm is critical, said Dr Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “In the sniffles weather, it’s important to keep your head, face and nose covered, but most importantly dress in layers to prevent heat loss”. He recommends wearing solid insulated boots with thick wool socks while shoveling snow. Also, pay special attention to the head and scalp, as well as the nose, neck and ears, “which are often exposed to the cold air, and thus at chance for heat loss in cold temperatures,” Glatter said in a hospital news release.
Shoveling in cold weather can greatly boost your risk of heart attack, especially if you have chronic health problems such as extraordinary blood pressure or diabetes, or a history of heart disease and stroke, Glatter warned. “It’s quite important to take frequent breaks while shoveling, but also to keep yourself well hydrated both before and after shoveling. If you exploit chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, arm or back pain while shoveling, stop and call 911.