Across the United States, Old Man Winter is rolling into town. It’s the time of year when millions across the country break out the boots, hats, and gloves in preparation for a long, cold winter. With winter comes the inevitable task of dealing with falling snow. If you live in a region that receives frequent snowfall (like us in Central Minnesota), you’ll spend countless hours this winter bending, twisting, and lifting to remove snow from your driveway, walkway, patio, and deck.
It’s a dirty task, but it has to be done. According to WebMD, an average of 11,000 adults and children wind up in hospitals every year with injuries resulting from snow shoveling. A 17-year study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine (2011) found that 195,000 people in the US were treated in emergency rooms for snow shoveling injuries between 1990 and 2006. How can you prevent yourself from becoming one of those individuals? With these helpful snow shoveling techniques and tips, you’ll be safe each time you head out.