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Getting Ready to Shovel? How About Some Safety Tips

With snow across the county, Loudoun officials urge caution during the chore.

Snow shoveling tips from Loudoun and Fairfax counties.
Snow shoveling tips from Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

Government officials in Loudoun County urge residents to take precautions as they shovel out their cars and sidewalks after this morning snowfall.

One shovelful of wet snow can weigh as much as 25 pounds, which could lead to back injuries if not handled properly. To help prevent injury or illness:
  • Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body.
  • Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
  • Drink water, stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
  • Pace yourself by taking frequent breaks to gently stretch your back, arms and legs.
Fairfax County produced the accompanying video about shoveling snow.

While caution is urged, county officials are asking residents to make sure to remove snow from fire hydrants near their home. In addition, businesses should clear the areas around emergency exits so customers can exit safely in an emergency.

Stay in the loop by signing up for alerts from the county, including emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more, through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert; or by following Loudoun County on Twitter at www.loudoun.gov/twitter or Facebook at www.loudoun.gov/facebook.

The county also has information about winter weather online at www.loudoun.gov/winter.

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