TIPS FROM Montefiore Nyack Hospital

Stay Safe and Warm This Winter

 

Prepare Your Home and Car

FOR THE HOME

  • Stock Up on Pantry Foods
  • Store Water in Clean Containers
  • Keep Your Cell Phone Charged
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Salt or Sand for Icy Walkways
  • Battery-Powered:
    - Flashlight
    - Radio
    - Lamps
  • Extra Batteries

FOR THE CAR

  • Blankets
  • Food and Water
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Salt or Sand for Traction
  • Flares
  • Booster Cables
  • Tire Pump
  • Battery-Powered:
    - Flashlight
    - Radio
    - Lamps
  • Extra Batteries

Snow Shoveling Safety

ON AVERAGE

11,000

adults and children are sent to hospitals every year due to snow shoveling injuries.

 

COMMON SNOW SHOVELING INJURIES:

55%

Muscles and Ligaments

 

14%

Arms and Hands

 

31%

Lower Back

SNOW SHOVELING TIPS:

Warm Up Your Muscles

Dress Warm

Push Snow—Don’t Twist

Lift Snow with Legs Bent

Shovel Small Amounts

Have Clear Vision

REMEMBER TO:

• Take it slow and pace yourself.  • Shovel fresh snow--not wet, packed-down snow.  • Take a break if you run out of breath.

Sources: Rachael Sullivan, M.D., New York Emergency Medicine Physician; WebMD.com; orthoinfo.aaos.org; healthcarecommunication.com.