Shoveling snow can take a toll on one's back if the proper tips are not taken:
- Stretch prior to shoveling
- Do not wait to shovel the entire snowfall
- Do not push, rather lift the snow
Protect Your Heart
Do not push yourself too hard when shoveling out your property. Many people suffer heart attacks every year from shoveling. Some signs of a heart attack include shortness of breath, increased heavy breathing, and tightness in the chest. Also, if you own a snowblower, don't be afraid to use it. Know your limits!
Watch Your Step on Ice
One awkward landing is all it takes to send you to the hospital. When walking over ice, be sure to keep the center of gravity all on your front leg. Go slow and easy and you should be fine. Be cautious as well of black ice as it is nearly impossible to see.
With all the problems this weekend's snowfall is sure to bring, make sure you are prepared with these tips.
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