Snow Removal Can Cause Health Risks


The snow fall has made its way out of our area, but we are not in the clear yet. With some areas seeing as much as several feet of snow, now comes the task of removing it all, which can be very dangerous. 

Shoveling can be strenuous on the body and the American Red Cross is advising, before you try to tackle the snow, make sure your body can handle it.

“If you’re frail or have a heart condition or something along those lines, you really don’t want to be out there shoveling any sort of heavy snow,” said Alan Coberly with the American Red Cross. “That could bring on serious consequences that might require hospitalization.”

Spending any time out in the cold for either work or play has its own dangers. Frostbite can occur in 30 minutes or less, so dressing warm is a must.

“Wear loose light fitting clothes and several layers. That way you can stay warmer,” Coberly said. “A lot of people will think well one jacket will work when actually you don’t have that barrier between the layers to keep you warm. People make that mistake and the end up sometimes with hypothermia and frostbite.”

Heating homes is also a safety hazard in snowy conditions. Make sure to never put a generator inside your home or garage.

“Keep it away from windows, doors, vents that could allow the fumes and carbon monoxide back into the house,” added Coberly. “Definitely do not attach a generator to your power source.”

For more information on the services the American Red Cross offers during the snow, you can download their smart phone app or simply dial 211. You can also visit their website to search for heat shelters. 

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