11 factors to know about shoveling snow: dangers and tips

January 27th, 2016 1 Comment

11 Snow Shoveling Dangers and Tips

With winter snow comes a greater risk of snow shoveling related deaths. According to a cardiologist who is an authority on the dangerous effects of snow removal, Barry Franklin, “people don’t have any idea how taxing it is on the heart.”

  • Approximately 100 deaths each winter are attributed to shoveling snow, possibly double
  • Heart rate and blood pressure rises even more than when walking on a treadmill
  • Being out in the cold air constricts blood vessels, decreasing blood flow
  • Avoid shoveling snow in the early morning when cardiac risks are higher
  • Arm work associated with shoveling is more strenuous than just using the legs
  • Sedentary people over the age of 55 with suspected heart conditions should avoid snow shoveling altogether
  • Pushing the snow is much less taxing than lifting
  • Remove snow after it’s first fallen; waiting can make snow heavier
  • One shovel full of snow can weigh up to 20 lbs
  • Dress warmly and drink fluids
  • Lift with your legs and keep your core tight

If you have an older neighbor or family member, volunteer to shovel for them or hire a snow shoveling service.

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