Snow shoveling safety tips

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A lot of people pulled out the snow shovel Wednesday, but if it is not done properly injuries can happen.

Shoveling can be a life threatening activity for people over the age of 50 or for those who do not exercise regularly, so hiring someone else to clear out the snow might be a good idea. However, if you are the one doing the shoveling, experts recommend warming up at least five minutes before picking up the shovel and remembering to pace yourself.

Peter Thompson takes aspirin before he starts clearing off the snow.

“I take a couple whenever I shovel snow,” he said.

The mix of ice and snow is heavy.  So, when you’re lifting be sure to pay attention to your form in order to avoid straining your back.

“I am trying to do it properly.  I’m just bending my knees and I’m trying to use my arms and not strain my back but I don’t know if I’m doing it correctly but so far so good,” said Peter.

A couple of blocks away, Jamie Ficker tackles the heavy stuff at the end of the driveway.

“I’m doing all right- I’m getting a workout,” he said.

She is making do with the shovel her landlord provided.

“I’m sure there are better ones out there.  I’ve seen the ones with the bends, the handle.  They probably help a little bit with the lifting and resistance but this is fine.  It’s all I got. It works, yes it works,” said Jamie.

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