Although we’ve experienced some unseasonably warm days, winter isn’t over just yet. And the upcoming forecast may still have us checking a snow day predictor for closings and delayed openings at our schools and workplaces — even with spring right around the corner.
In the event of a snowstorm, whether you’re at home or on the road, remember that safety comes first. While playing in the snow can be a blast and shoveling can be a good form of exercise, removing snow can also be dangerous. In fact, snow-shoveling-related injuries send 11,500 people to the emergency room each year. Injuries may include soft-tissue damage, broken bones, heart attacks and could even lead to death.
Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk. Stay safe with these tips:
- Push snow from side to side — don’t lift it!
- Shovel every couple of hours, breaking frequently.
- If you have a heart condition, avoid shoveling.
- Use a snow blower or ergonomically designed shovel.
For more snow-shoveling safety tips, click here.