Snow Shoveling Safety

Dated: 01/11/2019

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It's early January and if you know anything about our wonderful Colorado winters, you know that our REALLY BIG snow storms don't even come until March.

But as I look outside my office window at the 5 inches of snow that has already fallen since very early this morning and knowing that we are expected to get several more inches before the day is over, I thought I would share a few tips from the National Safety Council to serve as some good reminders for those of us who have lived here all our lives and to enlighten the many newcomers to the area. 

Nationwide, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year.

So, why so many deaths? Shoveling snow is just another household chore, right?

Not at all, says Harvard Health Executive Editor Patrick J. Skerrett. "Picking up a shovel and moving hundreds of pounds of snow, particularly after doing nothing physical for several months, can put a big strain on the heart," Skerrett wrote.

Pushing a heavy snow blower also can cause injury. And, there's the cold factor. Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful.

National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:

Do not shovel after eating or while smoking

Take it slow and stretch out before you begin

Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter

Push the snow rather than lifting it

If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel

Lift with your legs, not your back

Do not work to the point of exhaustion

Don't pick up that shovel without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.

Snow Blower Safety

Be safe with these tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

If the blower jams, turn it off

Keep your hands away from the moving parts

Do not drink alcohol and use the snow blower

Be aware of the carbon monoxide risk of running a snow blower in an enclosed space

Refuel your snow blower when it is off, never when it is running

Now I hope that these tips will encourage you to take it slow and steady when you get out there to shovel your driveway and sidewalks.  It's great to burn off some calories but you need to do it safely.

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Amy L Jackson

My name is Amy L Jackson and I have been assisting buyers, sellers and investors in achieving their real estate goals in the Denver Metro Area since 2004. My geographic areas of expertise include Den....

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