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Snow safety: Shovelling snow the right way to avoid injury this winter

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Shoveling Okanagan’s snow the right way – Jan 8, 2020

The annual chore of shovelling snow is something Canadians fight over — namely, over who doesn’t have to move the slushy, wet winter treat.

Common winter injuries, like slipping on ice, send thousands of Canadians to the emergency room each year according to a previous Global News report. 

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However, if you lose the coin toss, there are a few tips to make sure you don’t fall victim to annual winter injuries.

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A heavy snowfall in the Okanagan leads to flight delays and cancellations at Kelowna International Airport and makes driving treacherous – Jan 6, 2020

Chris Collins, owner of Okanagan Peak Performance Inc. in Kelowna, says that safety all starts with proper form.

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Here are Collins’ tips for staying safe while shovelling the white stuff:

  • Bend at the knees. A wide stance will help prevent slipping.
  • Protect your lower back by moving through the hips.
  • When tossing the snow, rotate through the hip, similar to a golf swing.
  • Don’t overexert yourself to prevent heart attack. Take breaks.
  • If snow is heavy, scrape layers back and gradually get to the pavement below.
  • Enlist the help of a friend or neighbour if necessary.

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