Safe Snow Removal for Seniors: Find help, or follow best-practices

January 3rd, 2018

When the snow falls and accumulates, emergency room professionals can be assured of one thing – it’s likely they will see an increased incidence of injuries related to snow removal. The injuries run the gamut in severity and can range from strained backs and broken bones, to serious cuts and even fatal heart attacks. According to the 2009 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 16,500 people in the U.S. were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries sustained when trying to remove snow.

Many people, especially seniors, can underestimate the time, strength and stamina it takes to shovel snow. But in many municipalities, it is a homeowner’s responsibility to clear snow from sidewalks on his or her property, so seniors often feel compelled to take steps to shovel the snow. Moreover, if an emergency vehicle needs to access a house and the snow is not cleared, it could cause a significant delay in necessary treatment. Experts recommend that seniors and others who may have physical challenges find help removing snow from sidewalks, driveways and entryways.

Posted on January 3rd, 2018