It’s been called ‘Epic’, ‘Monsterous’ and ‘Historic’.
The most important thing for us to remember – Let’s stay safe.
The county has declared snow emergency. More here..
So unless it’s an absolute emergency, please stay inside.
Here are the emergency numbers you may want to keep handy..
Pepco: Outages, 1-877-737-2662; Downed lines, 202-872-3432
Downed limbs and trees: Prince George’s: 301-499-8600
PG Police non-emergency number: 301-333-4000
Also, when you shovel snow, please keep these tips in mind:
* If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to
your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.
* Avoid caffeine or nicotine before beginning. These are
stimulants, which may increase your heart rate and cause your blood
vessels to constrict. This places extra stress on the heart.
* Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in
cold winter months as it is in the summer.
* Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed.
* Warm up your muscles before shoveling, by walking for a few
minutes or marching in place. Stretch the muscles in your arms and
legs, because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less
likely to be injured.
* Pick the right shovel for you. A smaller blade will require you
to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body.
* Begin shoveling slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your
heart. Pace yourself and take breaks as needed.
* Protect your back from injury by lifting correctly.
* Stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the
shovel close to your body. Bend from the knees (not the back) and
tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Avoid twisting
movements. If you need to move the snow to one side reposition your
feet to face the direction the snow will be going.
* Most importantly – listen to your body. Stop if you feel pain!