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Across the northeast of the United States, persistent cold temperatures and blizzards continue to put residents at risk. Deep freezes, icy roads and sidewalks, and regular shoveling can lead to slips, falls, aches, pains, and even hypothermia. The National Institutes of Health have issued warnings and recommendations to avoid blizzard condition casualties.
If one must go outdoors, make sure to stay warm. Wear hats, gloves, and face coverings, and warm insulated clothing. Insulated boots and thick wool socks can help keep the feet warm. The extremities will go cold quickly and could result in frostbite.
When shoveling, take regular breaks and remain hydrated. If possible, use a snow-blower in place of a shovel. Alternatively, if one must shovel, remember to lift with the legs and try to use a smaller size shovel to reduce weight. If any aches, dizziness, or difficulty breathing occur while shoveling take a rest immediately, and seek medical attention if strong or persistent.
Make sure to be careful walking outdoors to reduce the risk of slips and falls in icy conditions. Winter falls are a source of serious injury for many during the winter season.
Be sure to retain as much body heat as possible, and stop to warm up especially if feeling dizzy, confused, or shivering. If these symptoms occur, replace cold and wet clothing with warm blankets and warm up. Heating pads can be used carefully after skin has been returned to more normal temperatures to provide additional heat and soothe aches and pains.