Snow Shoveling Safety
by Colleen Posey

Snow Shoveling Safety

Other areas of the country may be experiencing spring like weather, but here in the Upper Peninsula, we still have snow on the ground and the potential for more snow fall is very likely. We live in an area that is used to getting mass amounts of snow every winter. That being said, we are experienced when it comes to shoveling snow. However, it’s good to keep in mind your safety while shoveling to protect your body from harm. Here are a few tips to follow:

  1. Take it slow.
  2. Stretch before you begin.
  3. Push the snow rather than lifting.
  4. Lift with your legs, NOT your back.
  5. Take breaks, do not work yourself to the point of exhaustion.
  6. While taking your breaks, be sure to hydrate.

If you start to feel dizzy, listen to your body and stop immediately. If you have other health concerns, be sure to consult your doctor before picking up a shovel. There are businesses that offer services to come and remove the snow for you. It is not worth putting yourself at risk.



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