A 70-year-old Scotia man died after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow this weekend, police say.
Officials say Frank Demasi was found by a Department of Public Works crew lying on his front steps around 5:40 a.m. Monday morning. Demasi reportedly left to shovel snow outside his home around 8:00 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy discovered that he had suffered a heart attack.
The incident serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers shoveling snow can pose. Experts say cold temperatures and heavy exertion from activities like shoveling snow, clearing debris, or pushing a car can put an extra strain on your heart and increase the risk of a heart attack.
To avoid problems, remember these tips:
- Stay warm, dress warm and SLOW DOWN when working outdoors.
- Take frequent rests to avoid over exertion.
- If you feel chest pain — STOP and seek help immediately.