Government officials in Loudoun County urge residents to take precautions as they shovel out their cars and sidewalks after this morning snowfall.
- Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body.
- Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
- Drink water, stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
- Pace yourself by taking frequent breaks to gently stretch your back, arms and legs.
Fairfax County produced the accompanying video about shoveling snow.
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The county also has information about winter weather online at www.loudoun.gov/winter.