Mercy Health - Cincinnati Provides Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

(CINCINNATI; January 11, 2016) – As Cincinnati prepares to welcome snowfall tomorrow, Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, provides the following tips to keep the community safe when clearing snow this winter.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Emergency Departments treated 28,000 people for injuries related to snow shoveling in 2013.

You could burn up to 600 calories per hour while shoveling snow! That’s a workout and as with any kind of workout, you want to be sure that you’re exercising safely.

Mercy Health reminds you that you can ease the stress and strain of shoveling if you:
• Dress for success
o Layer with light, water-repellent clothes that allow ventilation and insulation
o Wear sturdy boots with slip-resistant soles
o Wear gloves that keep hands warm, dry and blister-free
o Keep your head covered, avoiding hats or scarves that may block your vision
• Warm up
o Gentle stretching and jogging in place will loosen up cold muscles
• Buy the right tools
o Shovels with a contoured handle reduce bending and lifting
o Don’t use a shovel that is too long or too heavy for you
• Use proper technique
o Push snow instead of lifting it
o If you must lift, bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back
o Grip the shovel with one hand close to the blade and the other on the handle
o Avoid twisting or throwing snow over your shovel
o Keep your shovel loads light, removing only a few inches at a time off the top of deep, heavy snow
• Pace yourself
o Drink plenty of water
o Take frequent breaks, especially if you don’t normally get much exercise
o Listen to your body and seek emergency care if you’re experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath

To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit e-mercy.com/physicians.asp or call 513-981-2222.