Covenant Healthcare ER Nurse shares advice on protecting your health in the coming winter storm | News
MID-MICHIGAN, Mich. (WJRT) – The impending winter storm means many people are at risk of snowfall.
But before you grab that shovel to start digging yourself in, health experts are urging people to tread carefully.
Heart attacks can and do happen when overweight and unfit people try to shovel snow.
“That snow is going to get wet, so it’s going to be so much heavier to lift. So it’s going to take more effort to do it. So what we’re really encouraging people to do is push the snow and then shove it. ‘crouch with your knees so you use your whole body to lift it and your legs to throw the snow if you have to, but if you don’t have to, just push it all the way,’ Laura Walker said , emergency room nurse and injury prevention specialist at Covenant Healthcare.
She said it’s important that people don’t rush and try too hard when it comes to shoveling snow.
Also make sure you are hydrated. People often don’t know that cold weather dehydrates you, and obviously the more pressure and stress you put yourself on trying to shovel, the more dehydrated you’ll be.
Walker also says to use common sense and listen to your body.
“When you’re tired, stop. If you’re out of breath, stop and rest and do small periods at a time. Don’t think I have to go out and walk all the way. Maybe I can do a little now, go take a break and warm up, eat or drink something, then go back and do the rest later,” she said.
Another great tip is to just tell someone what you’re doing.
Tell a friend, loved one, spouse, or even make a phone call.
Especially if you live alone.
God forbid something happens, having someone near you or watching you very well could be the difference between life and death.