Avoiding the Dangers of Snow Shoveling

  • Warm up with gentle stretches before starting.
  • Out of shape or overweight? Tackle snow shoveling at a slow pace to avoid the risk of heart attack.
  • Push snow out of your way instead of lifting it, whenever possible.
  • Take small loads of snow on your shovel.
  • Bend your knees, keep your back straight and lift with your legs.
  • Keep your arms close to your body when lifting a load.
  • Take frequent breaks:
  • Stand up and walk around to reduce strain on lower back.
  • Extend/stretch your back muscles. Place your hands on the back of hips and slightly and gently bend backwards--do not bounce.

 

Links

CDC/Preparing for Winter Weather

CDC/Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter Weather

CDC/Winter Weather FAQs

CDC/Extreme Cold Guide

CDC/Facts about Hypothermia from Extreme Cold