Precautions to take when shoveling snow

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Most areas picked up between 5 and 8 inches of snow Thursday night and many people spent the day Friday clearing their driveways and sidewalks.

When your shoveling that heavy wet snow there are some precautions you should take.

“You got to take your time. I shovel a little bit then I sit in the truck here and drink some water then go back out and work some more,” said Richard Bienvenue of Chicopee.

If you overexert yourself you could end up in the hospital. “If you’re not in shape or haven’t done this in awhile that actually stresses your heart and could potentially cause you to have a problem with your heart like a heart attack or something like that,” said Dr. Gerald Beltran from Baystate Medical Center.

Dr. Beltran says it’s also important to lift with your legs and not your back when shoveling snow.  Each year around 30,000 people are treated for injuries that occurred from shoveling snow and ice.

If you have any health issues you may want to consider hiring someone to shovel the snow for you instead of doing it yourself. 
 

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