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Snow Removal Safety

Eric M. Kutz, D.O.While it is fun to play in the snow and see the beautiful snow covered scenery, we are ready to move into spring! But if you are still trying to remove snow, here a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Dress warmly!  If you are dressed appropriately to be in the cold weather, you will likely feel less rushed to finish the project and therefore be more focused at completing this task
  • Do not rush to complete the job.  Pace yourself.  Take frequent breaks if needed.  If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or other signs of a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Practice safe lifting!  Avoid lifting  large amounts of snow at one time and instead take small amounts of snow.  Do not bend at the waist to lift using your back, bend and lift with your legs.  Also try not to twist to throw snow over your shoulder.  This puts a lot of strain on your back.  Try walking the snow to your desired location.  Proper equipment is also important.
  • If you shovel the snow early and frequently, you will be working with less snow at a time.
  • Watch for ice patches and uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t be afraid to get help!  If you have a neighbor who can assist you, ask.  If you have a snow blower or plow, read and follow the instructions.


~ Dr. Eric Kutz