So winter is finally upon us here in the #DMV and with it comes the dreaded task of shoveling snow.
But before you rush out to clear your driveways and sidewalks, we want to remind you all of the importance of being safe while shoveling.
Every year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room due to injuries sustained from shoveling snow. And though we love the business of rehabbing you after a fall or injury, we here at Caruth Staffing Agency would love for you be safe rather than sorry.
Here are some simple tips, we can share to ensure that you stay safe while performing this necessary winter chore.
First and foremost, it is important to warm up your body before you start shoveling. Just like any other physical activity, shoveling puts a strain on our muscles and can lead to strains and sprains if we don't properly prepare our bodies. Take a few minutes to stretch your arms, legs, and back before you head outside.
Next, dress appropriately for the task at hand. Make sure to wear warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy boots with good traction. Also, consider investing in a good pair of gloves with a good grip to prevent your hands from slipping on the shovel handle. And please, never shovel in sneakers or sandals as they do not provide enough support and can be dangerous on slippery surfaces.
When you begin shoveling, remember to take frequent breaks and listen to your body.
If you start to feel tired or experience any pain, stop and rest for a bit. Shoveling is hard work and it's important to pace yourself.
And if you have any pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, it's best to consult with your doctor before shoveling to ensure it is safe for you to do so.
Another important tip is to use proper shoveling techniques. Make sure to lift with your legs and not your back to avoid injury. Also, try to push the snow rather than lift it when possible. And when lifting the snow, only fill the shovel about halfway to avoid straining your muscles.
Lastly, be aware of the weather conditions while shoveling. If it is extremely cold or windy, take extra precautions to protect yourself from frostbite or hypothermia.
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