BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 62-year-old woman in Bowie Maryland died today after shoveling snow, likely due to complications from a heart attack.
Tragedies like this one are an unfortunate and a reminder that shoveling snow can be dangerous, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly or those with a disability.
If you do have to shovel snow yourself, firefighters and paramedics offer some advice.
"Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, take lots of breaks, and stay hydrated," says captain Jason Wisman with prince George's County Fire Department.
Shoveling heavy snow like today's can weigh up to 45 pounds at times. "You are using more muscles than you usually would, it's going to be tough," says Wisman.
You have to take frequent breaks.