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Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service provides tips for safe snow shoveling

  • Snow shoveling is a weight-lifting exercise that raises your heart rate and blood pressure. Warm up before starting the job and stretch both before and after shoveling.
  • If possible, shovel only fresh snow. It is easier to shovel than wet, packed-down snow.
  • As with any lifting activity, use your legs, not your back. Legs should be bent and your back should be straight. Bend and "sit" into the movement, allowing large muscle groups to do most of the work.
  • Never work to the point of exhaustion. Take frequent breaks. If your chest feels tight, stop immediately. Individuals who are relatively inactive should be especially careful. If you have a history of heart trouble, check with your doctor before shoveling.
  • Let someone know that you’re outdoors so they’ll know if there’s a problem.

Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service responds to several calls each year for snow shoveling and snow blowing related incidents. Watch for children, pets and motorists.


For more information please contact:

Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 extension 1355

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