In most cases, modern technology comes to the rescue. A few swipes with a snow blower and you're off to work or school. But winter weather maintenance comes with its own set of health hazards.
Emergency medicine physicians see plenty of snow blower-related mishaps. One of the most common is hand injury. Experts warn that even though the snow blower may be switched off, the motion of removing snow from a clogged chute can cause the blade to spin at full force. If you need to clear the chute, use a broom handle or other long object, never your hand.
If you deal with snow the old-fashioned way, there's the danger of a sudden heart attack from heavy shoveling. According to physicians, it's not just the exertion. Cold air can trigger symptoms of angina in people with heart disease.
Follow these heart healthy tips from the American Heart Association:
Heart attack warning signs
Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital
Snow Blowing Safety