To some people, shoveling snow is just picking up the shovel and throwing snow out of the way, but what many don’t know is that it is a major health risk. In fact, shoveling snow is one of the most strenuous activities under horrible conditions. However, there are many precautions you can take, and it’s important that you do.
Did you know?
- Shoveling snow can strain the heart enough to cause a heart attack?
- Shoveling snow can be more strenuous than exercising full throttle on a treadmill?
- Shoveling snow can cause sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate?
- Cold air can cause constriction of the blood vessel and decrease oxygen to the heart?
- Winter work increases risks of heart attack and stroke?
- Around 195,100 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for snow shoveling-related incidences from 1990 to 2006 and cardiac problems accounted for almost seven percent of the cases, and made up for 1647 deaths?
And those are only some of the risks that come from shoveling snow. We don’t mean to scare you, but we want to stress how important it is to take all of the necessary precautions before shoveling.
Here are some of the things you can do to protect yourself:
- Don’t shovel right when you wake up. Wait at least 30 minutes and give yourself time to warm up.
- Take frequent breaks that last up to 15 minutes.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Shovel smaller loads, rather than heavy ones, while using a smaller shovel.
- Cover your mouth to avoid breathing cold air.
- Pay attention to your body signals.
- Wear multiple layers.
You can also take a break from shoveling and have us help you out. Ehlinger Lawn Care is here at your service to take care of your snow removal needs in the Sartell, Minnesota area.
Posted on Tue, January 14, 2014