March 18, 2022
Safe snow-shoveling tips:
With another slushy storm expected Monday, FOX31 asked Dr. Eric Hill at the Medical Center of Aurora for safe shoveling tips. He shared the following advice:
- The increased weight makes it harder to push, and heavier to lift. You should be cautious in lifting to avoid a back injury. Proper lifting involves lifting using your leg muscles and not with your lower back. Also, putting less snow in your shovel is advisable given the increased weight of the snow.
- Shoveling heavier snow is more strenuous and requires more physical exertion and can stress your heart. Be aware of any signs of a heart attack which could be precipitated by snow shoveling, including chest pain, pain in the left arm or jaw, and significant shortness of breath.