Are you ready to shovel snow??? Shoveling snow isn’t just a routine chore. So before you shovel, follow the tips from the National Safety Council:
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.
- Take it slow and stretch out before you begin.
- Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter.
- Push the snow rather than lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel. Lift with your legs, not your back.
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Don’t pick up that shovel without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart
If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately.
Other shoveling safety tips from DC.gov include:
- Take frequent breaks and pay attention to how your body feels.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal just before or soon after shoveling. This can put a heavy load on your heart.
- Learn the heart attack warning signs for men and women and listen to your body.
Remember this: Even if you are not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out by telling a doctor about your symptoms. Minutes matter! Call 911.
(National Safety Council and DC.gov)