Big beautiful white flakes are coating the crab apple tree outside the bay window. It is such a beautiful way to start a Saturday morning while sipping coffee. The beauty of the snow is mesmerizing, but then reality hits. There are groceries to be bought, sporting events to compete in and a birthday party to attend. That means this beautiful, mesmerizing snow is soon going to be the bane of a home dwellers existence.
If you are a homeowner or renter that lives in a climate that experiences all four seasons, you may also be responsible for maintaining a safe space despite the elements.. When the snow comes there are three options: 1) Hire a service, 2) Shovel, or 3) Use a snow blower. If the latter of the two are your choices, there are some important guidelines that should be kept top of mind to protect your body during snow removal.
It is estimated that 11,500 snow shoveling injuries occur annually.1 Here are a few tips that can help minimize the risk of these injuries when shoveling:
Almost 600 finger amputations occur each year due to snow blower injuries.2 Here are a few tips that can help minimize the risk of these injuries when snow blowing:
As winter weather occurs, follow these simple, safe and smart snow tips to minimize the risk of injuries this season. Should lingering aches or pains occur after snow removal, click the button below to schedule a free assessment at a nearby Athletico clinic.
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1. Snow shovel-related injuries and medical emergencies treated in US EDs, 1990 to 2006.
Watson DS, et al. Am J Emerg Med. 2011.
2. Snowblowers Pose Dangerous Risk for Amputations, www.amputee-coalition.org
JANUARY 6, 2016