Saskatoon

Paramedics warn about dangers of shovelling

A Prince Albert, Sask., man, 37, was taken to hospital after suffering a serious cardiac event while shovelling snow.

Prince Albert, Sask., man, 37, taken to hospital after shovelling

Parkland Ambulance is reminding people to be safe when they are shovelling after the recent snowfall. (CBC)

Parkland Ambulance is reminding people to be safe when they are shovelling after the recent snowfall.

The service, based in Prince Albert, Sask., said they were dispatched to help a 37-year-old man who "suffered a significant cardiac event" while shovelling snow over the weekend, according to a news release.

The man was transported to a Saskatoon hospital for further care.

Parkland Ambulance said people need to take precautions when shovelling snow.

Their advice: If you develop shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, or dizziness you should stop immediately and rest. If the symptoms continue, call 9-1-1 and get immediate help.

They also suggested drinking plenty of water and wearing proper footwear to prevent slips and trips. When shovelling, push the snow and limit any lifting or twisting motion so as to avoid back injuries.

The paramedics noted it is important to keep walkways free of ice so that during an emergency situation they can access your home safely and quickly.

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