Shoveling Safely in the Snow

By Matt Porter

Experts say everyone should take care while shoveling during the winter storm.

December 26, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With about a foot of snow expected, many in the Southern Tier will be picking up the snow shovel.

Physical Therapist Dr. John Koniuto said anyone out shoveling should do so carefully.

He said it's best to push and slide snow, than to try and throw it.

"You want to push the snow and move it along as opposed to lifting the snow and moving it with every full shovel," Koniuto said.

Koniuto also suggested getting out early when the snow is soft versus waiting until the end. Snow melts as it sets, making it much heavier to move.

The doctor also said people should drink plenty of water because they can become dehydrated without knowing it when temperatures are low.

He added if you're over 40, you should take shoveling easy. And if you have a heart condition, you should check with your doctor before shoveling.

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