Dec 3, 2014 5:49 PM

Cold weather and snow keep emergency responders busy

MANCHESTER - When the cold weather hits, American Medical Response ambulance company in Manchester sees its call volume jump by 30 percent. And the type of calls coming in change from mostly routine medical calls to calls for help at accident scenes.

AMR Shift Commander Chris Hickey said, "People are not realizing it got quite so cold, and having it freeze over and they're not paying attention."

And it's not just car accidents. Hickey said, "On a morning like [Wednesday] today a lot of slips and falls, we see a lot of back injuries, a lot of cardiac problems from people overdoing it. As soon as you start to feel any sort of pain anywhere when you are shoveling stop. Give it some time. If it keeps going give us a call."

Often this time of year, AMR gets calls from people suffering from things like chest pains and nausea. Come to find out it's carbon monoxide poisoning from generators running inside a house or a garage that's not well ventilated.

Some other weather related accidents aren't as common but still happen every year. Hickey said, "I'm not sure what it is. I think it's a lapse in judgment at the time. People will snow-blow and either run into a jam of ice or have snow stuck in it, and without even thinking and shutting it off stick their hands in and try to clear it out. It's a guaranteed way to go to the hospital. We've seen it already this year."


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