Experts warn snow shoveling can be deadly

People in snowy regions might recall that every season, a few stories pop up where an otherwise healthy-seeming and relatively young person dies shoveling snow after a heavy snowfall.

With estimated totals ranging near two feet in some regions of the Northeast, people are being urged to practice safe shoveling as they deal with massive drifts, snowplow-packed-in cars and other cold weather unpleasantness. Heart attacks are the most common ailment associated with excessive amounts of snow shoveling, but other injuries are also associated with what might be winter’s most unpleasant chore. offered some tips for clearing walks, driveways and cars of snow in a safer manner:

  • Don’t do the entire driveway at once- shoveling in increments of 15 minutes is not as dangerous as doing it all at once;
  • Remain hydrated;
  • Avoid caffeine- it can constrict blood vessels;
  • Lift with the legs, not the back;
  • Push snow to the side and try to avoid lifting as much as possible.

The site also advises on how to recognize the signs of a heart attack, including “chest pain, shoulder, neck or arm pain, dizziness, fainting, sweating or nausea; or shortness of breath.”