Some home and business owners don’t bother with commercial snow removal in order to save money by shoveling out their parking lots and walk ways themselves. For some, that might be an okay choice. However, the health risks associated with snow shoveling may not be worth the few dollars you’ll keep in your pocket by forgoing a professional snow removal service.
Professional contractors have the tools and know-how necessary to take care of an impassible, snow-covered road, parking lot or sidewalk. For instance, residents of Utah can call Knockout Roofing to do away with obstructive snow, even though Knockout specializes in roof repair and installation. In fact, they also specialize in removing ice and snow from commercial building roofs which can threaten to harm a roof when after a heavy snowfall.
Now that winter is coming, here are some thoughts for Utah denizens wondering how to best deal with snow removal in the upcoming months.
Shoveling is Hard on Hearts
According to a 2011 study conducted by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), more than 11,000 snow-related injuries occur in the United States each year. Of the more than 1,600 of those that proved to be fatal, 100 percent were directly connected to a cardiac problem. The study also shows that men over the age of 55 are more than four times more likely to have a shoveling-related heart attack than the rest of the population.
“Most people don’t realize that when their hands get cold, it causes blood vessels in the heart to constrict and reduce the blood supply to their heart,” Dr. Randy Zusman, director of the hypertension program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, told ABC News. “I always tell people to invest in the best pair of gloves they can afford and remember to be all buttoned up before going outside.”
He went on to report that a 50 percent blockage in a blood vessel can expand to as much as 70 percent in the cold, and anyone with a heart condition should absolutely not take the chance of shoveling snow.
Injuries Are Surprisingly Common
Whereas heart-related injuries are more common for middle-aged men, the NCH reports that less serious injuries, specifically resulting from getting hit in the head with a shovel, afflict 1,750 youths under the age of 19 each year. Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at NCH, explains that much of this can be attributed to parents failing to condition their offspring to take precautions while shoveling snow, and to take the task as seriously as they should. Even though teeens are the most likely group to experience a shoveling-related head injury, they still only account for a small fraction of the yearly 11,000 grand total.
To completely protect yourself and anyone from your business from hurting themselves shoveling, investigate the commercial snow removal services of Knockout Roofing.