Feb 23, 2015

Snow Safety Tips from our EMS Professionals

Blizzard after blizzard, this year has been nothing short of a complete mess, especially for those in the New England area. As much as people are reminded to stay off the roads, essential employees must still brave the elements to service their cities. Our EMS professionals are out there 24/7 even with the seven feet of snow some areas have received this month. Just making their way through the snow banks to have effective call times is a job in itself. We thank them and the great efforts by the road clearance crews who have helped in removing the snow so that emergency personnel could still do their jobs and help our cities in the time of need without major delays. Most companies are also posting tips and warnings on social media to give advice to those during these terrible storms. Below are some of the storm tips posted by Boston EMS:
  • SHOVELING - Shoveling snow is significant exertion. Please be cautious and pay attention to symptoms. Stop if you feel chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheaded, nauseous/vomiting. Call 911 if those symptoms do not resolve quickly when you stop exertion, especially if you have underlying cardiac disease. Consider asking a younger neighbor to shovel for you.
     
  • SNOW BLOWERS - Never, EVER, put your hands in the discharge chute.
     
  • PROTECT YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES AGAINST CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE - Never use your grill or oven for heating indoors. Never warm up your car in the garage and never turn on your vehicle until the exhaust pipes are clear. Do not let children sit in an idling car while shoveling. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that can be fatal at high levels. Clear any household exhaust pipes of snow. For example, gas exhaust from heating system or dryer.
     
  • STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED WIRES - Wires knocked down in high winds and snow can be dangerous.
     
  • WALK SAFELY - Snow piles make navigating streets and intersections dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Drivers should take extra care when turning corners with snow piles that might limit visibility. Pedestrians should try to stay off the roadway whenever possible. Limit driving if at all possible during the storm.
     
  • DRESS IN LAYERS - Shivering is your body’s automatic response to try and warm itself against cold temperatures and possible hypothermia. Minimize exposure of bare skin to the cold. Frostbite can occur rapidly. Wear a hat to minimize heat loss.
     
  • LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS - Please check on your elderly and handicapped neighbors.
     
EMS employees have been noticing more and more cars started with the back end up against a snow bank or with snow filled tailpipes. Some cars even with children in them. They have been approaching owners and having discussions about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. They are instructing anyone who is driving to completely clear out the area around the exhaust pipe and never leave your kids in the car while it’s running. We urge everyone to read and understand these tips and urge you to pass on this information to your loved ones.

Once again we thank all of our hard working members and EMS professionals for constantly risking their own lives and going above and beyond their duties to service our communities. Your service is greatly appreciated.
 
 

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