Did you know that shoveling snow, even after moderate snowfalls, can carry with it the risk of injuries and death. Take a few moments to review some tips about how to shovel snow safely.
The National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
- Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
- Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter
- Push the snow rather than lifting it
- If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
- Lift with your legs, not your back
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion
- Know the signs of a heart attack and stop immediately and call 911 if you’re experiencing any of them; every minute counts
The NSC further warns not to shovel snow without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart disease.
Consumer Reports also offers some valuable information on shoveling snow safely. They remind us that shoveling snow is not just another annoying household chore.