The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

March 6, 2013

Health Dept reminds Valley: stay safe staying warm in storm

HARRISBURG  -- With some areas of Pennsylvania in the crosshairs of a potentially major winter storm, the Department of Health is reminding residents to follow common-sense safety tips to help keep themselves and

Some areas of Pennsylvania are expected to see heavy, wet snow and strong winds.  “These conditions can result in serious health hazards during and after the storm, including power outages, cold temperatures and snow removal dangers,” Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said.

Wolf provided the following tips:

  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during power outages:
    • Do not use generators, camp stoves or similar items to power your home as they can release carbon monoxide – an odorless, colorless gas that builds up in closed spaces and is poisonous to breathe.
    • Leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1 if your carbon monoxide detector sounds. Get medical help right away if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are dizzy, light headed or nauseous.
  • Keep as warm as possible if your power is out:
  • Hypothermia is a serious condition that happens when your body temperature is too low. Those most at risk include older Pennsylvanians and babies sleeping in cold rooms. If your power is out for a long time, stay with a relative or friend or go to a shelter.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • When possible, push snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, bend your legs and not your back.
  • Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back.
  • If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms of a heart attack, seek immediate medical care or call 9-1-1.
  • If using a snowblower, read and follow all safety instructions.
  • Prevent snow removal injuries:

Visit www.health.state.pa.us for more winter weather safety information.

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