Take Safety Home: Shoveling Snow

As the temperatures start dropping and the cold air sets in, it’s a sure sign that winter is here and there is a good chance that we will be dealing with snow soon. To some of us snow removal is just another household task, but……… it really involves a lot of bending and heavy lifting. It’s important to think about how to safely shovel snow to avoid injuring yourself. If you are over the age of 40, or not used to exercise, you need to be careful. Research indicates that many times heart attacks are linked to individuals who shoveled snow after heavy snowfalls.

Here are some tips to help us all safely shovel our snow this winter season. Wear light, layered, water-repellent clothing, this will provide both ventilation and insulation. Wear a hat, gloves and warm socks. Avoid falls by wearing boots that have slip resistant soles. Choose a smaller sized shovel – remember – the bigger the shovel, the more snow you have to lift. Lift with your legs, not your shoulders or back. Don’t try to fling snow long distances. Don’t reach too far with heavy snow on your shovel and avoid twisting your body when dumping snow. Instead, move your whole body. Pace yourself, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. If you experience any shortness of breath, heavy sweating or any pain, this is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and you need to STOP! If this task is overwhelming to you, consider asking a neighborhood kid to shovel, buy or rent a snow blower, or have a snow removal company that you are comfortable with ready to go; it will definitely be money well spent. Let’s keep safe this winter season.

 

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