Shovel Snow Safely
Shoveling snow is risky business. Before you rush outside and start digging, be sure to read these guidelines from the National Safety Council.
According to National Safety Council guidelines:
- If you’re over 40, inactive, or have a history of heart trouble, ask your doctor whether it’s safe for you to shovel snow. If it’s not, ask someone else to do the shoveling for you.
- Don’t shovel after eating, drinking caffeinated beverages, or while you’re smoking.
- Stretch and warm up before you shovel.
- Shovel while the snow is fresh and powdery and get started early. Waiting for the snow to accumulate means that you’ll be shoveling heavy loads.
- Don’t pick up a lot at once. Use a small shovel or fill only a quarter or half of a larger one.
- Bend your legs, not your back, while you lift. Let your shoulders, torso, and thighs do the work for you.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Stop before you’re exhausted.
- If you run out of breath, take a break immediately. If you feel pain in your chest, stop shoveling and call 911.