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East Coast snow storm: Read safety shoveling tips

East Coast residents are digging out again after receiving lots of snow this week.

Detroit snow storm January 6, 2014
Detroit snow storm January 6, 2014
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 A woman heads into a subway stop in Brooklyn on the morning after a major winter storm blanketed much of New York City in 10 to 12 inches of snow on January 22, 2014 in New York City. While the storm caused major traffic and subway delays, New York City
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According to the Gospel Herald, the east side of the country continues to experience winter at full force due in part of the harsh weather conditions. A mixture of snow, rainfall and wind have all summoned to the eastern side affecting northern states such as New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey. As of January 22, the weather in the east side has remained in the low double digits that inevitably plunge to single digit temperatures all in the span of a day. New York, NY experiences sunny, cold days of 18 degrees, but suffers with a very low 6 degrees by the afternoon. Likewise, neighbor states also have very low temperatures, with New Jersey being "frigid with snow blowing" down to as little 3 degrees read the entire Gospel Herald article

Before shoveling snow read safe shoveling tips. Shoveling snow can cause injuries and death.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), snow removal is more than just another necessary household chore. All that bending and heavy lifting can put you at serious risk for injury. Snow removal can be especially dangerous if you do not exercise regularly.

According to the 2009 US Consumer Product Safety Commission:
•Approximately 16,500 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that happened while shoveling or removing ice and snow manually
•More than 6,000 people were injured using snow blowers

The most common injuries associated with snow removal include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders, as well as lacerations and finger amputations read the entire AAOS article

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