By Andrew Beaujon
WASHINGTON, DC. - You’ll probably get a chance to reacquaint yourself with a snow shovel Tuesday morning after a winter of almost no accumulation. That shovel, so little used all winter, looks harmless, perhaps even inviting! What’s better than hard work that shows immediate results, your breath making soft clouds in the morning air as you clear your sidewalk, rectangle by life-affirming rectangle?
Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that shovel is an instrument of death with a D-shaped handle at one end and a scoop at the other.
Between 1990 and 2006, there were 1,647 fatalities associated with shoveling snow, and an average of 11,500 snow-shoveling related injuries and emergencies per year. If you’re prone to heart disease or have risk factors for a heart attack, you definitely shouldn’t pick up the Arctic Blast: The Cleveland Clinic warns that cold weather can constrict your arteries and make your blood pressure rise.