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Health Tip: Be Prepared for Snow Shoveling

Stay safe and avoid injury

(HealthDay News) -- The calendar may not say so, but winter is already here for many parts of the United States. So make sure you're prepared to shovel snow.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Snow shoveling is taxing on the heart, so make sure your doctor says it's safe.
  • Wear lightweight, water-repellent clothing that's insulating and allows for ventilation.
  • Wear a hat and gloves, warm socks and boots or shoes with soles that won't slip.
  • Start shoveling early as snow begins to fall, rather than waiting until it piles up.
  • Don't let a hat or scarf obstruct your vision.
  • Watch for slippery patches or uneven surfaces.
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