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.
However, if you lose the coin toss, there are a few tips to make sure you don’t fall victim to annual winter injuries.
Chris Collins, owner of Okanagan Peak Performance Inc. in Kelowna, says that safety all starts with proper form.
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.