CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Local emergency rooms and medical offices have been swamped with weather-related injuries this week.
Black ice is one of the main culprits when it comes to people having to go to the hospital. Shoveling snow can cause serious injury, or even death. But one of the biggest problems is letting your body get too cold.
Mail carrier James Edwards knows how to dress when it comes to cold weather.
‘I put on two pair of socks, two pair of pants, gloves, three shirts, coat; I put everything on just to stay warm, you know," he said. "Just layers, that's it … usually I put a lot of layers on."
More of us should follow Edwards' advice; one of the side effects of the prolonged cold is hypothermia.
"Your body temperature drops, so you would shiver," said Dr. Steve Mohile, who works at Patient First. "You get uncoordinated. You might get a little bit confused."
Sometimes it gets to the point when you stop shivering, and you don't even realize your body is cold.
Doctors are also treating people who have been in car accidents, as well as those who seriously injured themselves falling on ice.
"We've had concussions where the person falls directly backward and hits their head," Mohile said.
The solution to keep from falling on ice? Walk slowly and carefully.
Edwards said, "You just gotta have balance, you know. I try to keep my focus."
Every year people here in Central Virginia die shoveling snow. Doctors say if you're not used to that type of activity, don't do it. If you are shoveling snow and experience chest pain, get someone else to finish the job for you and go to the emergency room.
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