Every year, shoveling snow accounts for thousands of injuries and dozens of deaths. According to AccuWeather, there are tips to follow that can help prevent an accident from occurring:
- When dealing with snow, push instead of lifting. If you must lift, use your legs instead of your back.
- Don't shovel snow after eating or while smoking, and feel free to take breaks. If you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, avoid shoveling snow.
- Make sure you have dressed appropriately for winter weather. Don't put yourself at risk for slipping on snow or ice by wearing inappropriate footwear.
- Dial 911 if you experience lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, or tightness or burning in your chest, neck, arms or back.