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Friday, February 3, 2017

Groundhog Day has Come and Gone

I know Groundhog Day is on February 2nd, but I never really knew exactly what it meant if the groundhog saw his shadow or not. If he sees his shadow there is more winter, or if he doesn't see his shadow there is less winter or if he doesn't wake up on groundhog day spring is coming soon, I never really was quite sure what it all  meant. But unfortunately it seems that we have 6 more weeks of winter...

Now, we certainly can't complain so far. It has been a pretty mellow winter for us around here (which is great in my opinion, I hate snow). As long as it is pseudo-official that we have 6 more weeks I figured just in case, lets go over tips for shoveling snow.

1- Pick the right shovel- Large blade shovels use for light snow, small blade best for heavy snow. 
2- Start by clearing a strip down the middle of your driveway, Always remember and never forget to use proper posture. Use leg and shoulder muscles to lift, keep back straight and shovel close to your body for leverage, try to avoid twisting
3- Work from your cleared center strip and push snow to outer edge and repeat on the other side. Try to shovel no more than 15 scoops per minute, try to "push and pile" not "scoop and throw"
4- Once everything is cleared, Salt. This reduces chances of injury from slipping and falling.
5- Go inside and have a hot chocolate or a hot toddy or whatever your libation of choice is

The Super Bowl is upon us so have a "super" weekend. Enjoy the game. Give us a call if you have any questions and stay safe.

Yours in good health,

Dr. Ray and Staff