You know that feeling you get when you walk outside and breathe in, then realize your nostrils are sticking together? How about when you wake up and see that the prior day's rain has frozen all over the place? Ah yes, this sounds like the ever familiar seasons we call fall and winter. This is a time where shovels, brushes and blowers are the tool of choice in garages and sheds all over! It sounds easy when we need to prepare and manage snow and ice; however it is not that simple. There has to be awareness to ourselves that this is a battle that can be unexpected, unruly and downright intense!
Even though it's only temporary for most of us, there are several hazards associated with winter weather. Spend too much time outdoors in frigid temperatures, and you might find yourself falling victim to the silent threats of hypothermia or frostbite.
Shoveling snow is a major winter activity in many parts of the United States. Some people even consider shoveling a form of exercise. In reality, about 15 minutes of shoveling counts as moderate physical activity. Keep these tips in mind to decrease your risk of illness or injury:
Slip, trip and fall incidents result in some of the most common workplace injuries. The risk of falling outdoors increases in the winter as temperatures drop and ice and snow accumulate across parking lots and driveways.