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Date:1/3/2009

our muscles with light exercise for 10 minutes. Be sure to include your leg muscles.
  • Take frequent breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration.
  • If you experience chest pains, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack, seek emergency medical care.
  • Use a shovel that's comfortable for your height and strength. Don't use a shovel that's too heavy or too long for you. Push snow instead of lifting it, as much as you can. If you must lift snow, take small amounts at a time and lift with your legs. Don't throw snow over your shoulder or to the side. This requires a twisting motion that stresses your back.
  • When using a snow blower, never stick your hands or feet in the machine. If snow becomes too compacted, stop the engine and wait at least five seconds. Use a solid object to clear snow or debris from the chute.
  • Don't leave a snow blower unattended when it's running. If you have to leave the machine, shut off the engine.
  • If you're using an electric snow blower, always keep on eye on the cord so you don't trip and fall.
  • More information

    The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has more about winter safety.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, December, 2008


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