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Woodstock Man Went into Cardiac Arrest While Shoveling, Officials Say

Public safety officials encouraged citizens to take breaks while working in the snow.

Use caution when shoveling snow. (Credit: Sachem Patch)
Use caution when shoveling snow. (Credit: Sachem Patch)
A man who was shoveling snow from his driveway collapsed Thursday morning in Woodstock and went into cardiac arrest, according to the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services.

"A bystander witnessed him collapse," department spokeswoman Maria Hogg said.

The citizen called 911 at 9:37 a.m., and officials said it was too soon to know whether the man—and two others who went into cardiac arrest shoveling snow in the hours that followed—would survive.

The two additional cardiac arrests were in Columbia, Hogg said.

"We urge you to not overexert yourself," the department advised. "Take breaks, hydrate, ask for help!"

Here are some additional tips from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services:
  • Shovel a little at a time—this is a heavy, wet snow.
  • Stretch.
  • Take breaks.
  • Hydrate.
  • Keep your cell phone on you outside in case of emergency.
  • Tell family/friends when you will be outside.
Do you have any tips for safe shoveling? Tell us in the comments!

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