Residents Urged To Use Caution With Snow Cleanup

York County Commissioners Susan Byrnes, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly, in coordination with the York County Office of Emergency Management, are urging people to use caution when cleaning up from the ongoing snowstorm.

The combination of cold temperatures and the strenuous nature of shoveling snow can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and serious sprains/strains.

The Commissioners offered the following tips for shoveling snow:

  • Warm up your muscles with 10 minutes of light exercise and stretching before shoveling.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Consider shoveling in shifts instead of all at once.
  • Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration.
  • Use a shovel that is correctly sized for your body.
  • When possible, push snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, bend your legs and not your back advanced writers.
  • Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back.
  • If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms of a heart attack, call 911.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol can cause a person to underestimate the strain that snow cleanup is having on his/her body.

If using a snowblower:

  • Wear proper clothing. Don’t wear anything loose that can get tangled in the snowblower’s moving parts .
  • Wear ear protection.
  • Do not allow children to operate a snowblower. Keep people and pets away from the area you are clearing.
  • Never clean the auger of a snowblower while the engine is running or, for electric models, when plugged into an outlet. Use a tool – not your hands.
  • Always start and use gas-powered snowblowers outdoors - never in a garage or other enclosed area.

Residents can visit for more preparedness information and also can follow the Office of Emergency Management or York County 911 on Facebook to get real-time news and updates from the agencies.

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