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Snow is beautiful to look at. But it can also be heavy, if you’re clearing sidewalks and driveways. Whether you shovel or use a snow blower, here are a few tips for safe snow removal.

Wear the right clothes. 
Breathable layers — think cotton or silk — are better than heavy wool. And make sure your shoes are waterproof and have good traction. Mittens and hats are a must, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Warming up your body may prevent muscle strains.

Use proper form. 
Push — don’t lift — snow. And if you must lift, squat down with your legs apart, back up straight and heels grounded. Never throw snow to the side or behind you.

Get outside as soon as you can. 
Fresh, powdery snow is easier to clear than wet, compact snow. Shovel after every few inches of accumulation, working slowly and taking breaks.

Remember, shoveling snow is exercise. If you have a medical condition or don’t exercise regularly, consult with your doctor before shoveling snow or using a snowblower.
Shoveling snow

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