While most of us are well aware of the dangers of driving on snow, not as many people realize how dangerous it can be to actually shovel snow.
When attempted improperly, simply shoveling your sidewalk to clear it of snow can cause injuries – and in some tragic cases, death. This is more often a problem for the elderly, but it goes to show how much of a strain the process can be.
A few snow shoveling tips:
First of all, if you are sick or tired, do not attempt to shovel snow. And if you start to feel uncomfortable once you begin, you should stop. If you are ill or injured, shoveling is seriously not worth the risk.
Secondly, it’s important to get a good quality shovel, specifically for you. The shovel shouldn’t be too heavy, but it should be able to get the job done. You also don’t want a cheap shovel that may break.
Lastly – never pick up the snow, and definitely never throw it over your shoulder. This is unnecessary strain. All you need to do is simply push the snow out of the way!