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Feb 10

Safe Snow Shoveling Techniques to Remember This Season

Man Shoveling Snow

By Andrea Booher (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Each year, an uncountable amount of injuries and even some deaths occur simply from people pushing themselves too hard when shoveling snow.

 

As much as you may want to clear that pathway quickly, keep these tips in mind and practice safe snow shoveling:

 

  • If you are already injured or are feeling ill, do not attempt to shovel snow.
  • If you begin to feel uncomfortable while shoveling , you should stop.
  • Wear protective gear and enough clothing to keep you warm.
  • Purchase a quality shovel that will not break and is light enough for you personally to use.
  • Do your best to push the snow away. Lifting the snow – or worse, throwing it over your shoulder – causes unnecessary strain.
  • Take as many breaks as you need if you find yourself getting tired.
  • Try not to gather too much snow at once, as wet snow can quickly add up.

 

And lastly, if you are truly struggling, consider purchasing a snow blower or asking for help. Whatever you do – please stay safe this winter!

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