Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

When it comes to removing snow, you may want to think twice before picking up that shovel. Hundreds of people die each year in the United States from shoveling snow. Pushing a heavy snow blower also can cause injury.

And, there's the cold factor. Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful.

  • 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

Don't shovel snow without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.

Copyright 2024 National Safety Council

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