10 Things You Should Know Before Shoveling Snow

Shovel snow safety
How often have we heard that shoveling snow is not good for you? For those of us who remember a time before snow blowers and electric powered snow shovels and mountains of snow so high we could build elaborate forts and tunnels, the dangers of shoveling are real. For the elderly or the unfit the the possibility of a heart attack, pulled muscles and lower back issuesare very real and can be avoided.

Things you need to keep in mind

  1. First of all, take your time. impatience leads to injury.
  2. Don’t wait until the end of the storm to start removing snow. Going out often may seem like more work, but you’ll be glad you did.
  3. Stretch before you start to warm up leg back muscle
  4. Dress in layers. You’re going to get hot so be sure to let your body breathe
  5. Where good sturdy boots for strong support and to keep feet dry
  6. There’s a shovel for that – Use multiple shovels – There are many different “ergonomically” designed shovels now available. It’s worth it to spend a little extra and save your back. You want to push heavy snow when possible. You’ll need a heavier metal shovel for scraping and breaking up ice. Use a plastic or aluminum shovel for lighter snow to makes it easier to lift without bending.
  7. Lift with your legs and bend from your knees, not your back. Don’t twist to throw snow.
  8. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  9. Take lots of breaks. Don’t over do it.
  10. Avoid moving snow twice when possible and always be sure to throw snow the shortest distance possible.

Once your done, spread a thin layer of salt or deicer to keep walkways clear. Approached with patience and the right tools, shoveling can be safe. Unfortunately there’s no way to make it fun.

Of course you could use all that freshly piled snow to build a fort or a snowman…

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