Shovel Smart: Tips for Removing Snow Safely and Without Injury
Posted at 1 p.m.
Several inches of snow have fallen throughout areas of the county and the storm isn’t done with us yet! Today’s snow is falling heavy and wet, so we ask that you take care while removing snow to avoid strain and injury.
Shoveling snow can by physically demanding and can lead to injuries such as sprains and strains, but even more serious heart attacks. Please follow these safety tips when you go out in today’s wintry weather:
- 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 9-1-1 right away.
- If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s okay.
- Shovel small amounts of snow at a time.
- Push the snow instead of lifting where possible. If you have a driveway, move snow to the opposite side of where a plow will push.
- Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keep your back straight and lift with your legs.
- Avoid shoveling under snow and ice covered trees and roof lines due to possible 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.
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As for sidewalks, the state and the county do not clear snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians, people with disabilities, elderly and children.
Check out our new resource page, “Take Your Snow and Shovel It” for more information, including this guide on who removes snow: