Tips on snow shoveling safety

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Did you know that snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year nationwide?

According to the National Safety Council, snow shoveling can take a toll on the body and even put you at risk for a heart attack.

Here are some tips to stay safe and healthy while shoveling:

  • Do not shovel immediately after you wake up
  • Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling
  • Warm up your muscles before
  • Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before shoveling
  • Use a small shovel
  • Take 15 minute breaks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Dress in layers
  • Cover your mouth

The National Safety Council also suggests not to shovel without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in your chest or dizziness, stop immediately.