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BLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather

first_imgBLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter Weather Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PSA,  The Blog,  Weather Safety This past weekend, Pennsylvania saw our first major snowstorm of the season. While all of us hope that we don’t experience another Winter Storm Jonas this year, all Pennsylvanians should be prepared to brave the snow, wind, and cold for many more weeks.In light of this historic storm, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding Pennsylvania residents to follow some important tips to stay healthy and safe, particularly while removing snow in cold winter weather.Keep Your Heart HealthyCold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. When removing snow, make sure you stay as warm as possible. Always call 911 if you or your loved ones have any heart attack symptoms.The major symptoms of a heart attack are:Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, upper abdomen, or back;Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint;Chest pain or discomfort;Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder;Shortness of breath;Unusual or unexplained tiredness;Nausea; andVomiting.Shovel SmartlyIf you have to do outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. Your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it. Follow these additional tips to make removing snow safer:Consider shoveling in shifts instead of all at once;Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration;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; andIf using a snow blower, follow all safety instructions and stay aware of others who may be nearby.Dress AppropriatelyExposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health problems and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during winter weather.If you have to go outside in harsh winter weather:Dress warmly and stay dry;Make outdoor trips brief and dress warmly;Cover your ears, head, mouth, and face;Never ignore shivering – it’s your body’s way of saying you’re losing heat and it’s time to return indoors;Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:Hypothermia causes shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies.Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.Seek medical attention if it is suspected that you or your loved ones have hypothermia or frostbite. January 25, 2016 By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health Beware of Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. The use of other sources of fuel or electricity for heating, cooling, or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home or garage and poison the people and animals inside. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood.In order to prevent CO poisoning:Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.Never run a generator outside an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.Never run a generator inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented.Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, garage, or camper.Install a battery-operated CO detector.CO poisoning can be recognized by the following symptoms:Headache;Dizziness;Weakness;Nausea/Vomiting;Chest pain; andConfusion.If CO poisoning is suspected, call a health care professional right away. If the CO detector alarm sounds, leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.Visit www.health.pa.gov for more winter weather safety tips.last_img read more

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Boys indoor track Bees win at Utica College meet

first_imgEach of the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams traveled to Utica College’s Hutton Dome Friday to compete in the sixth Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meet of the winter.And the boys Bees proved victorious, earning 90 points to hold off Utica Proctor (84 points) amid a 23-team field. The B’ville girls finished third with 54 points behind Clinton and Rome Free Academy.As a starting point, the B’ville boys went 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run, Jack Michaels going nine minutes, 59.35 seconds to hold off teammate Colin Delaney, who was second in 9:59.81.In the 4×400 relay, the Bees won as Owen Weaver, Logan Hayes, Andy Davis and Connor Waldron posted 3:45.39, beating Whitesboro (3:46.28) by less than a second.Waldron went from there to beating the field in the 600-meter run in 1:26.96, holding off Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Dion Putaski (1:27.31) as Nate Hludzenski finished 10th.To cap things off, Waldron, Michaels and Delaney paired with James Cary in the 4×800 relay, where the Bees, in 8:35.76, were nearly 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Central Valley Academy (8:58.73).Sam Mellinger was third in the 55-meter dash in 6.74 seconds, while Cary was sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:51.31. Mellinger, David Mahar, Malik Davis and Robert Thompson were second (1:36.12) to Proctor (1:33.17) in the 4×200 relay.Owen Weaver rose to second place in the triple jump, going 40 feet 9 ¼ inches, and was fourth in the long jump, going 19’2 ¼” as Thompson was eighth and Curtis Hey ninth.Adam Graham had a sixth-place shot put toss of 42’7”, with Alex Boak sixth (44’9”) and Steven Miller seventh (43’9”) in the weight throw. Aidan Priest was sixth in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.Moving to the girls MVITA meet, B’ville again got a top-two sweep from the 55 sprint, where Karen Ekure, in 7.49 seconds, edged out Lauren Addario (7.54 seconds) for the title.Ekure and Addario, paired with Allyson Surowick and Courtney Bostic, went 1:50.48 to win the 4×200, well clear of runner-up Clinton (1:57.84) as the Bees were fifth in the 4×800 relay in 11:09.74.Addario finished second in the triple jump, going 36’1 ¼” behind Proctor’s Tamiah Washington (36’7 ¼”) as Ekure cleared 4’10” for second place in the high jump and Surowick had a seventh-place long jump of 15’ ¼”.Kathryn Mitts went 32’5” in the weight throw to finish seventh, Ella Smith clearing 8 feet in the pole vault for eighth place. Madison Kennedy got eighth place in the 600 in 1:49.17. with Anna Conklin 10th as Sarah Fawwaz was ninth in the 3,000-meter run and Vivian Holden-Betts ninth in the 1,500-meter run.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor tracklast_img read more

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