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Shovel Snow the Safe Way

The 11 most important things to consider when shoveling snow

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How to safely shovel snow and avoid injury.

Shoveling snow can provide a good workout if done correctly. However, overexerting yourself or ignoring signs of needing a break can lead to harm. To ensure safe snow shoveling and prevent injuries, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:


  • Prioritize heart health: Consult your healthcare provider before shoveling if you have a history of heart issues or are not physically active. Avoid shoveling while smoking, eating, or after consuming caffeine to reduce stress on your heart.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather: Layer clothing and avoid wearing cotton next to your skin to stay dry. Protect your hands, feet, and face from frostbite with proper gear. Wear a hat, scarf, and mittens for warmth.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink water or sports drinks before, during, and after shoveling, even if you don't feel thirsty.

  • Warm up: Stretch your muscles before shoveling to prevent injuries.

  • Choose the right snow: Shovel fresh snow, as it is lighter and easier to handle.

  • Watch out for ice: Be cautious of hidden ice beneath the snow to avoid slipping.

  • Take it easy: Pace yourself and take breaks as needed.

  • Protect your back and shoulders: Lift snow properly by bending your knees and using your legs. Avoid straining your shoulders by not lifting too much snow at once. Use an ergonomic shovel (with a bent shaft or extra handle)

  • Listen to your body: Stop shoveling if you feel tired or something doesn't feel right.

  • Be cautious with machinery: Use snowblowers and plows carefully, keeping children and pets away.

  • Stay prepared: Keep your phone nearby in case of an emergency.

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Strained muscles and back pain due to spinal misalignments (called subluxations) are very common snow shoveling injuries. Remember to prioritize safety while shoveling snow, enjoy the physical activity, and embrace the winter weather outdoors.


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