Be Careful When Shoveling Snow

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

Shoveling snow or picking up large debris such as fallen branches can by physically demanding and can lead to injuries such as sprains and strains. Please follow these safety tips when you go out in today’s wintery weather:

  • Shovel small amounts of snow at a time.
  • Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
  • Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  • If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s okay.
  • Avoid shoveling under snow and ice covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  • Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are inactive or over 40.
  • Dress in layers and wear warm clothing and appropriate footwear.
  • Watch where you are walking, even a little bit of snow can hide curbs and uneven walkways.
  • Take off your boots or use a floor mat when you go back inside to avoid making floors slippery and hazardous.

More winter preparedness information can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/winter-storm-snow-cold.htm.

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3 responses to “Be Careful When Shoveling Snow”

  1. Bowman Olds says :

    Outstanding information much of which we all tend to take for granted. Yesterday while shoveling snow I had a new experience with reference to the note about• “Avoid shoveling under snow and ice covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.” I live in a heavy wooded area and while shoveling my pipe stem driveway, a large branch broke off from the weight of the ice and crashed directly behind me within inches of where I had completed shoveling. Had my timing been off, I would not have been here typing this message.

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