The Madison County Coroner is reminding people to be careful when removing snow from their property, following the death of an Alton man clearing snow on Thursday. 66-year-old Carl W. Walker of the 300 block of Lindenwood Boulevard had been removing snow with his snow blower when he developed shortness of breath. After suffering a heart attack, he was pronounced dead just before 10am.
Coroner Steven Nonn says you should talk to your doctor first to make sure you’re in good health. Also, try not to eat a heavy meal, drink coffee, or smoke for at least an hour before shoveling snow. Use a small shovel if you can and be sure to dress in layers and cover your mouth so the cold air doesn’t trigger breathing problems.