Tips to help prevent injury from shoveling snow as late spring storm rolls through Colorado

DENVER -- We are certainly hoping this is the last round of snow and for that reason, why not remind everyone that shoveling can be dangerous and requires a little preparation.

  1. Push, don’t lift the snow so you exert less energy on your body.
  2. Stay out of traffic when you do this.
  3. Stretch before you start. It is a workout and warming up can help prevent injury and fatigue.
  4. Keep a phone on you in case of an emergency.
  5. Try and stay ahead of the storm. Instead of waiting for all the snow to pile up, try to shovel every few hours.
  6. Wear breathable layers, in case you get hot. Make sure you wear clothing that allows sweat to evaporate.
  7. Wear waterproof boots with good traction so you don’t slip and fall.
  8. Stay hydrated! SIMA, the Snow and Ice Management Association, suggests taking frequent breaks, too.

 

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