Health Safety Tips for Shoveling Snow
From 1990 until 2006, the chore has been linked to 100 fatalities and thousands of injuries.
The figures come from the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Here are some ways to keep yourself healthy and safe while performing the task.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, it is good to warm up your muscles beforehand.
Shovel at least once while it snows instead of waiting until it ends.
When shoveling, try to push the snow instead of throwing it over your shoulder.
Holding a shovelful of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, via statement.
William Beaumont Health’s Barry Franklin says those most at risk are over 55 years old and have had heart issues.
He explains that people in this group should avoid shoveling altogether.
Instead, Franklin advises to hire a plow to help you out or get someone younger to shovel.
If left with no other choice, Franklin says do not smoke, drink alcohol or eat fattening meals before shoveling.
What about areas that receive lots of snow during the winter?
According to Consumer Reports writer Paul Hope, purchasing a snowblower is the way to go.
From an injury standpoint alone, if properly used (a snowblower) has the potential to be infinitely safer, Paul Hope, via ‘USA Today’.