DENVILLE,  NJ - A winter storm dropped over four inches of snow on Saturday, March 2, as residents prepare for another storm on Sunday, March 3. The storm that is coming Sunday into Monday is going to be stronger than the one that came through Saturday.

The wintery weather is a frank reminder that winter is not over. According the the National Weather Service, residents can expect rain and snow likely after 1 p.m. on Sunday, then snow. Low around 30. Light and variable wind at five to eight miles per hour in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of four to eight inches possible.

To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association has compiled a list of practical tips. 

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  • Give yourself a break. Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling so you don’t over stress your heart. Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks. 
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal prior or soon after shoveling. Eating a large meal can put an extra load on your heart.   
  • Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower. The act of lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure acutely during the lift. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times, than to lug a few huge shovelfuls of snow. When possible, simply push the snow.
  • Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol may increase a person’s sensation of warmth and may cause them to underestimate the extra strain their body is under in the cold. 
  • Consult a doctor. If you have a medical condition, don’t exercise on a regular basis or are middle-aged or older, meet with your doctor prior to the first anticipated snowfall.
  • Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. To prevent hypothermia, dress in layers of warm clothing, which traps air between layers forming a protective insulation. Wear a hat because much of your body’s heat can be lost through your head. 

 

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