With snowy weather comes, for some, a dreaded winter chore – shoveling. While some people look at it as a form of exercise, if not done safely, shoveling can increase your risk of getting injured.
According to a national study*, the most common shoveling-related injuries were to the lower back. Cardiac-related injuries account for only 7 percent of all injuries, but they were the most serious in nature. If you have any health conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, you should check with your doctor before doing any strenuous shoveling.
The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:
Snow and ice not only pose a potential risk to you but also to others. As a property owner, you are responsible for making a reasonable effort to keep public walking areas around your property clear of snow and ice. Pre-treating your walkways and other paved surfaces with an anti-icing product can help make snow and ice removal easier.
Be sure to check your local codes and ordinances regarding snow and ice removal requirements.
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