EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSHOVELING PRECAUTION URGED
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Residents Warned About Danger Of Shoveling Snow
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 31, 2012 12:12 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 12:54 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
With one death already reported of a man who was shoveling snow, officials are urging caution to area residents.
Some areas received a foot or more of snow from Superstorm Sandy. The effects from the storm have many people digging out to clear sidewalks, porches and other areas. One man died in Barbour County while shoveling snow.
When people shovel heavy amounts of snow, the activity can contribute to a heart attack. Often, the victims are men. Doctors urge you to take precaution –- lift lighter shovels of snow and take frequent breaks. A snow blower also can be a good solution.
Mike Jarrett of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority said people really should be cautious this time of year when shoveling snow.
“People are not acclimated to it yet,” Jarrett said. “It may be their first time out with a shovel. They may not be cleared by their doctor to do it, so we just want to make sure that everyone stays safe. If it’s a heavy wet snow, you can have cardiac problems.”
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