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Southeast Wisconsin prepares to shovel dense, slushy snow

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 23:47:57-05

When it comes to shoveling snow, people in Wisconsin use different strategies.

"Get the shovel under it and lift," said Steve Newton. "It's about all you can do."

"I try to do multiple rounds so it doesn't accumulate and you don't have to do a terrible, heavy load at the end," said Bridget Meehan.

Several rounds of slushy, dense snow fell in southeast Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday. The snow feels heavier to lift, and that could make shoveling this weekend more difficult and even dangerous.

Dr. Liz Paly is a professor of physical therapy at Concordia University in Mequon, and she says make sure to bend at the hips and knees when you are lifting snow.

"Consider using good body mechanics, break it up, try not to hold your breath," Dr. Paly said. "And if you have any significant heart conditions, I would try and see fi you can look into some sort of snow removal service."

Doctors at Harvard University point to a recent study that found those who have or are at high risk for heart disease should not shovel snow.

Besides your heart, Dr. Paly says you should also worry about slipping and falling. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one million Americans are hurt by falling every year and the rate goes up during the winter months.

"Lot of hip fractures, so a lot of individuals falling, but that could also result in a brain injury," Dr. Paly said.

She suggests taking it slow, wearing shoes with traction, and putting salt around the areas at home where you will walk.

If you or someone you know needs help shoveling, check out these resources.

You can also rent a snowplow driver to clear your driveway with apps like Plowz and Mowz, SnoHub, and Shovler.

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