In the midst of heavy winter blizzards, digging yourself out of the drifts can be both an inconvenient chore and a dangerous task linked to fatigue and heart attacks. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while shoveling snow:
- Before heading outside to shovel, do your best to reverse the 40 years of poor health choices that have put you at high risk for getting a heart attack.
- Taking a few minutes to stretch before shoveling is a great way to unnecessarily prolong an already unpleasant chore.
- Bending from the back can damage your spine; always damage your knees instead.
- Prevent snow from sticking to your shovel by coating both sides in a layer of butter.
- Throw the snow over whichever shoulder you’d like; no need for superstition.
- Pace yourself and take a five-minute break for every 500,000 snowflakes you shovel.
- Be sure to wear a frostbite whistle at all times.
- Stay hydrated by shoveling every third load of snow directly into your mouth.
- As much as possible, try living in a condo building.
- If all else fails, pay a real man to do it for you.
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