Winter is finally settling in to our region. While the snow can be picturesque and a great excuse to stay in with a great book and a cup of cocoa, sometimes you’ll have to shovel. If you find yourself needing to dig out your sidewalk, car, or driveway, follow these safety tips to protect your health and wellness:
Avoid shoveling right after eating, drinking caffeine, or while smoking. Give your body the time it needs to digest and avoid unnecessary strain.
Dress for the weather: Bundle up and protect your hands, feet, and face to shield yourself from frostbite. A warm and layered outfit is your winter warrior attire.
Take it slow and stretch before you start to prevent injuries. Warming up your muscles is essential for a smooth and injury-free shoveling session.
Time it Right
If you can, try to shovel fresh snow; it’s lighter and easier on your back. Once it’s had a chance to melt, it gets heavier. Save yourself from unnecessary back strain shoveling soon after the snow falls and frequently throughout winter storms.
Push, Don’t Lift
Push the snow instead of lifting it to reduce strain. Use your body weight and leverage to make the task more manageable and less taxing on your muscles.
Smart Shoveling Techniques
If lifting is necessary, use a small shovel or only partially fill it. Employing smart shoveling techniques can make a significant difference in minimizing the impact on your body.
Lift with Care
Lift with your legs, not your back, to protect your spine. Proper lifting techniques are crucial for preventing back injuries during winter chores.
Listen to Your Body
Don’t work to the point of exhaustion; take breaks as needed. Pay attention to your body’s signals and give it the rest it deserves to avoid overexertion.
Know the signs of a heart attack. Stop immediately and call 911 if you experience any symptoms. Prioritize your health and well-being, and be aware of potential warning signs.
Bookmark this page for reference all winter and ensure a safe and healthy season while tackling the snow!