Health professionals offer the following tips for safely shoveling out after a significant snowfall like the one that hit the Twin City area, starting early Saturday morning.
•Be especially careful. The extra work, combined with the cold, can put extra strain on your heart.
•The American Red Cross suggests to take the task slow and easy, taking regular breaks.
•Keep hands and feet clear of moving parts of snow throwers; always turn it off and use a stick or other implement to clear blockages.
•If there is a fire hydrant on your property, clear snow around the hydrant so it is accessible in the event of a fire. If you can't clear the snow, mark the hydrant's location with an upright broom or shovel so firefighters can find the hydrant.
•When you're outside, dress in layers and wear a hat, mittens and insulated, waterproof footwear.
•Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone else is confused, dizzy, exhausted or shivering severely, or if you recognize signs of heart attack.
•Warning signs for frostbite are gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and skin that feels waxy.