Dangers of Shovelling Your Driveway

As the weather drops in temperature and the snow starts to accumulate, shovelling your driveway may be the last thing you want to do before work, especially in London, Ontario. Researchers from Queen’s University suggests that a person’s risk of a heart attack increases when shovelling snow on cold winter days despite their age or the amount of snow fall within a given period of time.

The heavy physical demands required for snow removal combined with the cold weather, puts many Canadians at risk for a heart attack due to a lack of blood flow throughout the body. Snow removal can be dangerous if safety precautions are not being followed. Snow removal services are a great way to avoid injuries associated with shovelling your driveway and can be a safe solution for everyone.

Our trained employees are ready to attack this winter in the safest way possible! We are equipped to provide affordable and quality snow removal services in a timely fashion. Here are some tips to reduce your chances of an acute cardiovascular event while shovelling your driveway this winter:

Stretch/Warm-Up Before You Start

Before engaging in any snow removal activities, ensure that you warm up your body. This helps prepare your cardiovascular system by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow to your muscles. This will cause less strain on your heart when shovelling snow.

Take Breaks

It is important to pay attention to the signs and symptoms of heart trouble which include: chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Instead of shovelling the snow as quickly as possible, give yourself plenty of time to get it done safely. Taking water breaks is extremely important to ensure you stay hydrated. If you experience any of the above symptoms even after taking a break, call 911 and get to the hospital as quickly as possible.

Push Snow and Lift Small Amounts

Shovelling snow is not a lifting competition, it is not about how quick or strong you are. Pushing snow aside and lifting small amounts of snow only ensures that you are not overworking your body. Focus on bending your knees and lifting with your legs to avoid any back injuries.

Wear Layers

Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature. This helps prevent you from overheating. Not dressing warm enough in the winter may result in hypothermia which is a condition in which your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.  

 


 

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