Jan 29, 2015 9:52 AM

You're doing it wrong! Concord fire chief demonstrates the safe way to shovel snow


CONCORD - In 2013 there were more than 28,000 people treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by snow removal.

-Before you pick up a shovel, stretch your arms, legs and back. Warm muscles are less prone to injury.

-Make sure you're dressed warmly, but not so warm that you sweat. Sweat can make you colder. Layer clothing and remove layers as you get heated.

-Wear boots with traction, so you don't slip and fall.

-Face the direction the snow will be going, try not to twist.

-Use your legs not your back to lift.

-If you experience chest pains or shortness of breath, stop and call 911.

-If you have any underlying chronic diseases, like heart disease or diabetes, get someone else to do the shoveling for you.

Watch the video above of Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus demonstrating the right way to shovel snow.

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