Safety For You: Reminders to stay safe while shoveling this winter

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – You know it isn’t just plow drivers out clearing the way.

Lots of us started our day by heading out to clear our driveways and sidewalks, but before you do that, there are some things you need to know when it comes to shoveling and your health.

When it comes to shoveling, it seems like such a simple task, but it can actually be more dangerous than you think.

Dr. Christina Helms, from Lansing Urgent Care says shoveling related injuries are quite common.

Before you head out to clear the way, Helms says, the three most important things to remember are:

1. Dress appropriately for the weather

2. Lift with your knees, not your back

3. Most importantly, stop if you’re feeling winded.

“We see a fair number of people who come in with chest pain or shortness or breath or sometimes it might just be arm pain or other symptoms that can be related to heart disease, we also see a lot of injuries, shovel related injuries, so low back strain, shoulder strains, even leg and knee,” says Helms.

Remember, many local cities and towns have ordinances that govern how long you have to clear sidewalks and driveways.

Most are 24-hours after the snow stops falling, which means the clock is ticking.

If you don’t, you could face a fine starting around $150.

City officials say it’s important that everyone do their part to keep walk-ways safe.

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