It is that time of year again everyone - the snow has fallen and it is freezing in Rochester, NY! With heavy snowfalls, injuries often follow and improper shoveling is usually to blame. Our providers have already started to see such injuries, so keep yourself safe this season with the tips below!
Before You Start
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in the winter months as it is in the summer.
Wear proper footwear. Shoes and boots with solid treads on the soles can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. An ergonomically correct model (curved handle) will help prevent injury and fatigue. Also, if you spray the blade with a silicone-based lubricant, the snow will slide off more easily.
Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to 10 minutes to get your joints moving and increase blood circulation. A brisk walk will do it, but if you want to add in some high knees feel free.
All Set to Go
PUSH, DON’T THROW. Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it. If you must throw it, avoid twisting and turning — position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile. BEND YOUR KNEES. Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
Our team is here to help if you need it this season! Stay warm and shovel light to do it right!
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