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Shoveling Safety Tips You Need to Know

Last updated on October 11, 2019 at 11:05 am

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.

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