Winter rules still apply during spring snowstorm

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

We’re here if you need us, but we don’t want to see you in our emergency room


A spring snowstorm is on its way to northeastern Wisconsin, likely bringing with it several inches of wet snow.


BayCare Clinic emergency physicians are encouraging people to take the same precautions this week that they would during a mid-December storm.


The storm, expected to hit Wednesday and Thursday, could dump 4 to 6 inches of snow on parts of northeastern Wisconsin. That means revving up those snowblowers and taking out the shovels for at least one more time.


It also means exercising caution, even though it’s officially spring.


“The most common injury after a snowfall are those caused by snowblowers,” said Dr. Darren Heesacker, BayCare Clinic. “Clear your snowblower with a stick or broom handle, not your hands. Even though the snowblower is off, there is torque in the blades, so as soon as you clear the snow, the blades will run. This is the most common scenario when a finger or hand is accidentally amputated by a snowblower.


“There’s no need to risk an injury to your body by sticking a hand in the blower. Use common sense and enjoy an injury-free spring.”


Overexertion is also something to guard against, Heesacker says.


“Depending on how much snow we get – and it sounds like it’ll be the wet, heavy variety – shoveling might require a bit of muscle,” Heesacker said. “Just don’t overdo it. Take a break from time to time. Lift in small increments and listen to your body.


“For some, overexertion can lead to heart episodes, and as much as we are prepared for these emergencies, we want you to stay healthy and enjoy your spring ailment free.”


Heesacker also encouraged people to take it easy when driving in the snow


“Slow down and pay close attention when driving in these conditions,” he added.

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