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    Back Problems Associated with Shoveling Snow

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jun 19, 2017 8:07:00 AM


    Every year, thousands of people injure themselves while shoveling snow out of their driveways, and a large portion of those injuries are sustained on the back. The constant bending over, raising and lowering of the spine, and the effects of cold weather on your muscles all contribute to winter back injuries. Additionally, lack of proper snow shoveling technique, sudden activity after a routinely sedentary lifestyle, and use of less-than-optimal shovels all make back problems worse.

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    Topics: Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    What Are the Dangers of Using Rock Salt Around Pets?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Rock salt (sodium chloride), as well as many other deicers, pose major hazards to your pets when applied in significant quantities to your driveway and other outdoor pavements. Being aware of these dangers and how to eliminate, or at least minimize, the risks to your cat or dog from rock salt can save your pet's health or even his/her life.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Health

    The Rock Salt Health Risks You Need to Worry About

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 13, 2016 8:05:00 AM

    Rock salt is usually not on homeowners' minds until outdoor temperatures begin to drop and winter is "just around the corner." And when thoughts do turn to rock salt, it is usually in immediate connection with melting ice and snow rather than with health concerns.

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    Topics: Snow Melting, Health

    Why You're Paying for Snow Removal Even If You Don't Realize It

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 19, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Many homeowners, when asked "How much do you pay for snow removal?," are quick to answer, "We don't pay anything for snow removal because we do it all ourselves." Yet, in reality, there are costs, both financial and otherwise, that come into play when you shovel your own snow.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Home Maintenance, Snow Melting, Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    The Most Common Snow Shoveling Injuries

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 7, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    The American Journal of Emergency Medicine has recently published the results of a 17-year study that documents the most common injuries associated with shoveling snow. The study found that 11,000 people were hospitalized per year, and 195,000 across the whole span, due to accidents stemming from snow shoveling. Most of these injuries fell into the following categories: back injuries, head injuries, bone fractures, and heart attacks/strokes.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Health, Winter Safety

    How to Stay Physically Active When Winter Pushes You Indoors

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 10, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Snow, ice, slush, freezing temperatures, and fierce winter winds are often enough to tempt even the most resolute workout buff towards a warm blanket on a comfortable couch with a hot cup of cocoa. And it’s not just the allure of the warm indoors that makes working out hard in the winter--the weather conditions cause runners to hang up their sneakers, while baseball, soccer, and other outdoor sports are put on hold. Winter inactivity seems to be inevitable, disrupting your fitness program, causing depression, and leading to holiday weight gain.

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    Topics: Winter, Health, Winter Safety

    Tips to Lessen the Strain of Snow Shoveling on Your Heart Health

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 26, 2015 1:18:43 PM

    Along with the beautiful landscapes that winter brings comes the tedious, and frequently dangerous task of shoveling snow off of walkways, driveways, and sidewalks. While snow shoveling is important in lowering the risk of slip-and-falls outside your home, it must be recognized as also increasing your health risks by straining your heart.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Shoveling, Health

    Snow Shoveling and Heart Health: What Are the Risks?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 4, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    According to the American Heart Association, while snow shoveling is not dangerous for most people, it significantly raises the possibility of heart attacks for those already in high-risk categories. The reason for this is that the combination of heavy lifting with exposure to cold temperatures puts a much-increased strain on the heart and forces it to work harder.

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    Topics: Driveway, Winter, Shoveling, Health