Take Care of Your Body
If you are not physically active or have an ongoing health condition, check with your doctor to make sure the physical strain of clearing snow and ice is okay.
Dress in multiple layers of warm clothing. You should also wear supportive boots with a good grip.
Warm up and stretch your muscles before you start shovelling or chipping by walking around the block.
Be sure to take frequent breaks while you work, at least once every 10-15 minutes.
Immediately Stop Shovelling and Seek Medical Attention If You Experience
- Discomfort or heaviness in the chest, arms or neck
- Unusual or prolonged shortness of breath
- A prolonged dizzy or faint feeling
- Excessive sweating or nausea and vomiting
- Excessive back pain