On average, over 16,000 people are treated in U.S. hospitals each year from injuries accumulated during snow removal. Most of these injuries were sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders. Lacerations and finger amputations were also prevalent. Snow removal is a necessity and is done frequently during the winter months. So to help keep you healthy, these tips can help alleviate the hassle and prevent injuries.
When shoveling snow:
When shoveling your sidewalk or driveway, bend your knees and avoid excessive twisting.
Shovel light loads of snow, don’t overload the shovel.
Don’t shovel immediately after waking up. Because build-up of fluid in the disc happens overnight, you could injure your back.
Take breaks often and hydrate.
Dress in light, layered, water-repellent clothing. This provides both ventilation and insulation.
Don’t stress your back by throwing picking up too much snow or making awkward or sudden movements with your torso.
Don’t let a hat or scarf block your vision so that you cannot see uneven surfaces or ice patches.
Check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to do this strenuous activity.
When using a snowblower:
Never put your fingers in the snowblower. Wait five seconds after shutting it off, then use a solid object to clear wet snow or debris from the chute.
Never leave the snowblower running while unattended.
Add fuel before starting the snowblower.
Be aware of the hot engine that can burn unprotected flesh.
Never remove any safety device, shield or guard.
Never let children run the snowblower.
Read the instruction manual before using the machine.
If your health is not good enough to do snow removal on your own, consider calling on a neighborhood youth or a professional for snow removal.
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