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7 Snow Shovel Safety Tips


Snow Shoveling is an excellent winter exercise.  It improves muscle tone, strengthens immune system, and maintains good cardiovascular and respiratory health. Despite these health benefits, approximately 28,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that happened while snow shoveling and related activities, according to the 2013 US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

There are many steps to prevent injuries without pushing your body too hard and putting your health and safety at risk. These include:

1. Performing warm-up exercises

One of the worst things you can do is to force your still-stiff muscles to work right away. So, before doing anything, perform exercises that will help you limber up your muscles and make your body ready for the day's snow shoveling tasks. Stretching is good, but you can also warm up by going through your normal day-to-day activities — like showering, making your bed, giving your dog a walk.

2. Practicing proper posture and body mechanics

For many people, poor posture and repetitive movements are some of the reasons why they feel tired and sore after snow shoveling. Fortunately, you can avoid this scenario by simply by practicing good body mechanics. Bend your knees instead of bending your back when lifting something. Keep your work close to your body instead of arching your back or overreaching your arms.  

Watch FOX10Phoenix and see Aaron and Stephan talk about how feeling tired after shoveling led them to create Bosse Tools:  

3. Wearing the appropriate protective equipment

Some people refuse to wear winterized coats and boots, but don't make the same mistake. Professionals put the equipment on all the time because they know that these will help them protect their health and safety. Gloves, for example, will safeguard your hands from cuts and wounds, while boots will protect you from slips and falls. 

4. Using the right snow shovel tools

Doing this can help you finish your tasks without using a lot of effort. Instead of using an old fashion snow shovel, for instance, you can complete the job using a ergonomic one. Click to read how reinvented Bosse Shovels  are easier to handle, and they won't put a lot of strain on your back.

5. Using adaptive tools when necessary

There are now lots of adaptive tools for snow shovels, if you find yourself having some mobility issues, you might want to take advantage of these innovations.  Read this story on students who build a snow blower for a man in a wheelchair.

6. Staying hydrated

Your body heats up when you tackle snow shoveling tasks, which means you'll still sweat buckets even when you work during winter. Because of this, you need to drink plenty of water, even when you don't feel thirsty. This way, you'll keep dehydration at bay and maintain good health.

7.  Taking breaks

Make sure you are taking breaks while snow shoveling.  Stand up strait, stretch, wiggle, fidget and touch your toes.  Ideally every 10-15 minutes.

To find more information on staying safe while snow shoveling read these sites we found helpful:

Here's what different about Bosse Tools Ergonomic Show Shovel:

Three DIY Tips for Halloween using a Shovel


Perhaps a shovel isn’t the first thing people think of when Halloween is mentioned, but the holiday would be much less spooky if the digging implement were not around.  Here's three fun Halloween tips to shovel up some fun.

Three DIY Tips for Halloween using a Shovel

1. Buried Treasure

A shovel can be part of all the unique fun you decide to dig up on Halloween.  One party idea you may want to use is hunting for (spooky) buried treasure. Have the buried treasure hunt before dark for children and after dark for adults.  All you need are a few shovels, solar powered lights, candles or tiki torches, a few spooky treasures and a treasure map can create some unique Halloween fun in your own backyard. Bury the treasure, create a map, add the lighting choice in strategic locations around the yard and hand your guests a shovel and a portion of the buried treasure map. Let them dig their way around looking for the treasure and avoiding the pitfalls you’ve placed along the way.

2. Graves with an Eerie Glow

Dig a shallow grave or two and rig zombies to pop up from them as treasure hunters walk by. Dig a few shallow holes and fill some with water to create mudholes and fill others with burning embers to create an eerie glow. 

3. Grave Markers

Shovels also make spooky grave markers for the shallow burying place you dig for the dead and the un-dead and can be used as signs along the treasure-hunting route to point the way.  After the night of fun and the dawn begins to break, use shovels to hide all the evidence. Throw dirt on the fire to ensure it’s out, fill in all the holes in the yard and pat the dirt on top of the grave down smoothly so your yard will look normal and not like a crime scene.

To wrap up the Halloween holiday, rinse the remaining evidence off the business end of the shovel and wipe off your finger prints from the handle. Store the shovel in the shed until garden season rolls around and no one will ever know about all the fun you had with a shovel on Halloween.

Remember, take care of your back by using our innovative new shovels.  You don't have to hurt making this holiday fun!

 

 

 

The Best 2014 Gift for the Family Gardener Or Handyman


This year, think outside the box for giving a gift to a special gardener or handy man in your life. Give them the gift of the ability to work smarter, not harder. Inspire them to transform their yard into a work of art, bringing to life all their forgotten aspirations. Bring back joy to their beloved craft or pastime. Empower them with more energy to complete things that matter.

Give the gift of an Ergonomic Shovel.

Age-Old Design Meets Ergonomic Innovation

Ergonomic Shovel

Now you might be asking how a simple shovel can give the gift of creativity, inspiration and enjoyment while easing the burden of work. Let’s start with this isn’t just a simple shovel.

It’s an innovative ergonomic tool designed to leverage the strength of users with minimum effort and strain. 

We accomplished this through focusing on the user, maximizing their strengths, protecting the back and neck, and putting the burden on the shovel. No unnecessary muscle strain. In short, it was designed to make your life easier.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

No one will tell you that manual labor is easy. And there is a certain draw to knowing that as the sun goes down, you put in a full day’s work outside. But imagine how much more fulfilling a long day in the yard or in the field can be with the opportunity to accomplish more with the same amount of effort.

Which is exactly what a gift of a Bosse shovel will do.

The new line of shovels successfully redesigns not only the way that handymen, gardeners and farmers approach the job, but it maximizes their impact when working. By building in ergonomic principles, they accomplish the same tasks with less strain.

This unique design also promotes proper body mechanics, reducing back, shoulder and neck strain.

Inspiration & Enjoyment

Your loved one has a passion to be outside immersed in hands on activities and building new creations. But especially as time passes, many of us lose the zeal through the continual wear and tear.

Overcome the past wear and tear, reigniting the passion again!

By limiting the physical strain of tasks they once enjoyed, they will be able to take to the field or garden with more gusto and inspiration, making the entire process more enjoyable.

Conclusion 

If your loved one is an avid gardener, Do-It Yourselfer, handyman or spends a lot of time doing manual labor, then this year, give them a gift that will redefine their passions or the way they approach daily tasks.

Give the gift of an ergonomic shovel.