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Five Freitag (Friday) Fun Facts!
Happy New Year! We are back with our Five Friday Fun Facts after our Holiday break. Since we are in the midst of a heavy wet snowstorm in the upper mid-west, I thought it would be a good idea to take a moment to talk about safe snow removal. Moving snow whether shovelling or snowblowing can be very dangerous and can cause serious injury from falls, to strains and sprains, disc herniations, and noise related injury as well as physical disability and accidental dismemberment. (Gruesome but it happens more than you think. So please be careful)
Here are Five Tips recommended by the National Safety Council to help shovel snow safely.
• Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
• Push the snow rather than lifting it
• If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
• Lift with your legs, not with your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion, take frequent breaks.
Here are Five Tips recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to help you safely use a snowblower.
• If the blower jams, turn it off
• Keep your hands away from the moving parts
• Be aware of the carbon monoxide risk of running a snow blower in an enclosed space
• Add fuel outdoors, before starting, and never add fuel when it is running
• Never leave it unattended when it is running
Be safe!
Photo Credit. Filip Mroz
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