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Snow Shoveling Safety

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The recent snow storm dumped HEAVY snow on us…not the light, fluffy snow of the previous storm. In addition, there was a layer of sleet on top of that.

Heart attacks occur frequently while shoveling snow. Here are some tips to help avoid that.

  • Do not consume caffeine while — or just before —  shoveling. This will help prevent heart attacks, which are common with this activity.
  • Drink water instead of caffeine drinks.
  • Get a good, solid stance. Keep your legs bent and and your weight centered over your solidly spread feet. In this way, you will “use your legs” and not your back to lift the snow and ice.
  • Take frequent breaks — about every two or three minutes.  More often if you begin to feel winded.

Take your time. This will prevent injuries like falling on the slick surface, pulled muscle or worse.

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