With our initial snowfall on the horizon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department – AVFRD wants to emphasize the importance of taking it easy during snow shoveling. Maintaining good health while clearing snow involves several crucial practices:

  • Warm-up: Treat it like exercise; warm up your body with light stretching or a short walk to prepare your muscles.
  • Proper Equipment: Use a good shovel that’s comfortable for your height and strength. Consider an ergonomic shovel or one with a curved handle to reduce strain on your back.
  • Technique: Bend your knees and lift with your legs instead of your back. Push the snow when you can instead of lifting, and don’t overexert yourself.
  • Pacing: Take breaks frequently to rest and rehydrate. Listen to your body and don’t push beyond your limits.
  • Dress Appropriately: Layer clothing to stay warm, but also make sure you don’t overheat. Wear gloves with good grip to avoid slipping on the shovel handle.
  • Stay Hydrated: Even in the cold, you can get dehydrated from the physical exertion, so keep drinking water.
  • Know Your Health: If you have any health conditions or concerns, especially heart issues, it’s wise to consult with a doctor before shoveling.

Remember, snow shoveling can be strenuous, so being cautious and taking care of yourself is essential.