8 Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling
It seems everyone has a different opinion of snow. Falling snow is pretty to some. It delivers a fun, wintry landscape for those outdoor enthusiasts among us. And if there’s a snow day, you might hear an explosion of absolute glee.
But most people agree that shoveling it is a chore.
Part of the hassle is that shoveling is hard work. It places stress on your heart, muscles, and joints. Because of this, always consult a doctor to assure you’re up to it.
If shoveling snow is on your to-do list this winter, do it safely. Follow these tips before you head out the door:
- Stretch before you begin
- Push the snow, rather than lift it
- Dress for the weather in layers
- Take frequent breaks
- When a big snow is predicted, shovel early and often to lighten the load and prevent heavy build-up
- Choose a shovel that’s appropriate for your height
- Don’t shovel after eating or smoking
- Don’t over-work your back