State Health Officials Encourage Hoosiers to Stay Safe This Winter

As temperatures drop, state health officials are reminding Hoosiers to take steps to prevent injuries while clearing driveways and sidewalks of snow and ice. Shoveling snow can put a big strain on your heart and muscles.  Don’t pick up that shovel without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life. Operating a snow blower can also pose a hazard if the user isn’t careful. Finger and hand lacerations and finger amputations can occur. Be sure to read the instruction manual and become familiar with safety features before using a snow blower. Residents also are urged to use caution when walking during the winter. Don’t forget your family pets. If it’s too cold outside for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Like people, animals are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside or provided adequate shelter if outside.

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