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Take health precautions while shoveling snow

January 25, 2023

Shoveling snow is hard work and can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks.

The mix of cold temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart, which may increase the risk of a heart attack for some. According to the American Heart Association, even walking through heavy, wet snow can place strain on your heart.

The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:

  • Keep up with the storm
  • Push don't lift
  • Wear breathable layers
  • Wear good boots
  • Stay hydrated

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