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Well, it had been an easy winter, until the last few days. And now there's a lot of snow to shovel. But you really have to be careful, especially as you get older and want to tackle shoveling snow.

It's a fact that 1 in 4 deaths that occur during a snowstorm are directly related to shoveling snow. There are a few precautions you can take to shovel as safely as you can.

These include getting the proper tools, including an ergonomically correct snow shovel. These shovels have a bend in the shaft so your body stays upright. You should cover the shovel with a non-stick element to keep the snow from sticking to the shovel.

Dress in layers, wear proper boots for good footing, and stretch before heading out. Also, be sure to take a few breaks, especially if your going to be out for a while.

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