Shoveling Snow

Safety Tips: Shoveling Snow

  • Shoveling snow can be excellent exercise, but it can also be hazardous to people who overdo it.
  • If you are older than 40, or if you aren’t in good shape, be careful.
  • If you have a history of heart trouble, check with your doctor before grabbing that snow shovel and clearing the driveway or sidewalk.
  • Don’t shovel snow just after you eat.
  • Don’t smoke while shoveling.
  • Pace yourself. Snow shoveling is a strenuous exercise that raises both your pulse and blood pressure. Treat shoveling like an athletic event: warm up before you start, and stretch during and after shoveling.
  • Try to shovel fresh snow, which is easier to handle than snow that has partly melted or become packed-down.
  • Try pushing the snow forward instead of scooping and lifting it.
  • Push or pick up small amounts at a time.
  • Concentrate on using your legs instead of your back. Bend your legs and keep your back straight.
  • Take breaks. And don’t work until you are exhausted.
  • If your chest feels tight, stop immediately.
  • Wear layers of clothing, and keep your hands and feet warm.
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