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7 Safety Tips for Snow Shoveling

Posted on Feb 12, 2015, 2:32:31 PM by healtheo360

Do you receive aches and pains when shoveling snow? Is this your first time shoveling snow? Well here are a few safety tips for snow shoveling safely and effectively this winter.

Snow Shoveling

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #1: Get A Head Start

You don’t want to wait when the storm hits, and there is a huge mountain of snow in front of your house then to shovel. SIMA (Snow and Ice management Association) recommends clearing the snow every few inches, instead of waiting for the snow to pile.

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #2: Stretch, Stretch, Stretch

Shoveling snow is a very tedious task. It is best to stretch before you start shoveling and after you have finished shoveling. Stretching before helps to warm up your muscles and it helps to prevent any injuries that may occur. Stretching after will help to release any tension that may have occurred during the shoveling process.

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #3: Stay Warm, But Don’t Overdress

Yes, it will be cold and staying warming is advised. However, wearing thick layers of clothing can result in perspiring a lot faster. It is suggested to wear loose layers, so you can take a layer off, as you get hot.

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #4: Maintain proper posture

When shoveling snow it is best to maintain a proper posture. Here are six ways to improve your posture :

1. Use your leg muscles as much as possible
2. Keep your back straight as you move from the squat position to the upright position.
3. Use your shoulder muscles as much as possible.
4. Hold the snow shovel as close to your upper body as possible.
5. Keep one hand close to the shovel blade for better leverage.
6. Don't twist your upper body as you throw snow.

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #5: Push, don’t lift

Lifting tons of snow for a few hours at a time can be tiresome. On the other hand, pushing the snow helps you to exert less energy and place less stress on your body.

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #6: Stay Hydrated

Snow shoveling is not an easy task, and you will be dehydrated after a while. Make sure that you take a couple of breaks in between shoveling. Also have a few bottles of water accessible to you, while you’re outside. By doing this it will help you to stay hydrated while shoveling.

Safety Tip for Snow Shoveling #7: Maintain your Equipment

Having the best equipment will help you to shoveling efficiently. Check your shovel to make sure that it is in good condition. In addition, make sure that you are wearing snow boots with grip and insulation; this will prevent you from falling or having cold feet.

It is that time of the year to shovel again; using these safety tips will help you to improve your shoveling routine. Happy snow shoveling!

Sources:
http://www.sima.org/discover-sima/public-safety/safety-tips/safe-snow-shoveling
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a9848/6-tips-to-shovel-snow-without-hurting-yourself-16236205/
http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics/snow-shoveling-techniques-prevent-low-back-injuries

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