Help, Health Remain Focus as Snow Removal Ordinances Take Effect

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Just trying to keep the driveway clear has made for a busy week for Marty Frey.

"I shoveled my own driveway five or six times and got up the next morning and there was eight inches," said Frey, who lives in Jackson.

Now, with temperatures jumping out of the negatives and into the double-digits, he's tackling the drives and sidewalks of friends and family. With cities across mid-Michigan getting ready to crack down on snow removal, others need to do the same.

Starting Thursday morning, all sidewalks in Lansing need to be cleared, or violators will face a bill of at least $124, based on how much time the city spends doing it instead.

Meridian Township and East Lansing residents have all day, Thursday, to remove the snow. Those, who live in Jackson have until 8 p.m. on Friday to have their sidewalks and driveways cleared.

They can also get a little help, thanks to Councilmen Derek Dobies and Andrew Frounfelker, along with 20 volunteers. It's known as the 'Jackson Snow Squad'.

"An effort to help people that are seniors or disabled persons dig out from all this snow we've been having," said Dobies.

But whether you're volunteering or removing your own snow, remember, the cold can be dangerous. Along with covering your head, neck and ears, don't be afraid to take it easy.

"It's really important because during overexersion, you sweat a great deal and when you become wet from sweat, you lose heat," said Madonna Walters, R.N.; Manager of the Trauma Program at Allegiance Health.

Another tip: Don't consume caffeine or smoke before shoveling snow. Both thin blood vessels, making it easier to get frostbite.

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