The Best Way to Shovel Snow
16 Jan 20
16 Jan 20
You may not realize it, but shoveling snow posses a serious health threat to Americans during the winter months. Every year in the United States, roughly 100 people die of heart attacks in relation to shoveling snow – with many more admitted to the hospital for chest pains and other heart-related complications.
A study conducted in Canada from 1981 to 2014 followed 128,000 hospital admissions and more than 68,000 deaths due to heart attacks. Here is what the study found in relation to snowfall and heart failure:
It is important to note that this study found links between snowfall and heart attacks in men that did not have cardiovascular risk factors. This study also did not ask the 128,000 hospital admissions whether they shoveled snow or not, but a strong correlation can be deduced that the more strenuous snow shoveling is, there is an amplified risk of heart failure.
A few reasons as to why snow shoveling can cause some individuals to experience heart-related complications include:
It is recommended that if you have heart disease or are at risk of heart disease to avoid shoveling snow if possible. We offer snow removal services for both residential and commercial clients. Learn more about how we can help keep your driveway clear, and you out of the snow.
The best way to shovel snow is the safest way. It’s suggested to consult with your physician regarding your health prior to shoveling snow during the winter months. Other safety tips include:
Shoveling snow can be backbreaking work, therefore it is important to use the best technique and strategy when removing snow from your walkways. In an effort to be the most effective and safe with your health it is important to only lift what you feel comfortable with. It is best to break up snow shoveling into sections, and if the snowfall is particularly deep, break it up into separate levels of snow removal (ex. Top four inches, next four inches).
In order to protect your back follow this technique:
Other helpful snow shoveling tips include:
In the winter months, having a trained team do your snow removal for you eliminates the risk and worry for the safety of your friends, family, and/or customers. Our experts will keep a watch on your property and snowfall totals to automatically show up and perform the removal without you having to call us every time for assistance.
To inquire about our snow removal process, pricing, or general questions about our services — contact us here or at: (573)-268-3947.
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