Snow Shoveling Safety Tips for Staten Island, NY

Mayor Bloomberg announced that this snowstorm is the fifth largest in the

Snow in Staten Island, NY
Great Kills, Staten Island

history of NYC! There is lots of snow to shovel in New York.   Shoveling snow is very demanding on the body.  The energy used to shovel is compared to the amount of energy needed to complete a round of tennis or speed walking at 5 m.p.h. Below are some Snow Shoveling Safety Tips for Staten Island, NY

1.  If you have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you begin to shovel.

2.  Avoid caffeine or nicotine before beginning.  They may increase your heart rate and cause your blood vessels to constrict, placing extra stress on your heart.

3.  Drink plenty of water.  Dehydration doesn’t only happen in the summer.

4.  Dress in layers so you can remove one at a time as needed.

5.  Warm up first just as you would for any other excercise.  Stretch the muscles in your arms and legs, warm muscles work more efficiently and are less likely to be injured. 

6.  Bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible.  Lifting should come from leg muscles. Never bend at your waist.

7. Keep some distance between your hands allowing for more leverage and making it easier to lift snow.

8.  Shovel in sections. Shovel off 2 inches at a time.

9.  Push, don’t lift. Save back energy by pushing snow to the side instead of lifting and throwing off to side.

10.  Listen to your body. If you feel pain in chest, shoulder, neck or arm or experience dizzieness, fainting sweating, nausea or shortness of breath, seek medical help.