Snow Shoveling Safety

Snow sure looks pretty, but it must be shoveled -- safely.

  1. If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call or text 9-1-1 right away.
  2. If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s OK.
  3. Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are usually inactive. Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
  4. Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  5. Avoid shoveling under snow-covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  6. Dress in layers and wear warm clothing.

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