Shovel Snow Safely – Home Improvement

All that snow we got last night is wet and heavy. Be careful shoveling your drive! Here’s some advice that’ll help you shovel safely.
Take it slow! Shoveling (like lifting weights) can raise your heart rate and blood pressure dramatically; so pace yourself. Be sure to stretch out and warm up before taking on the task. Don’t shovel after eating, or while smoking. Push the snow as you shovel. It’s easier on your back than lifting the snow out of the way. Don’t pick up too much at once. Use a small shovel, or fill only one-fourth or one-half of a large one. Lift with your legs bent, not your back. Keep your back straight. By bending and “sitting” into the movement, you’ll keep your spine upright and less stressed. Your shoulders, torso and thighs can do the work for you. Do not work to the point of exhaustion. If you run out of breath, take a break. If you feel tightness in your chest, stop immediately. Dress warmly. Remember that extremities, such as the nose, ears, hands and feet, need extra attention during winter’s cold. Wear a turtleneck sweater, cap, scarf, face protection, mittens, wool socks and waterproof boots. Luckily it’s supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend, so maybe we’re finally ready to say goodbye to Old Man Winter.

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