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Shoveling Your Driveway Safely

snowSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The Pioneer Valley was pounded with snow overnight, and that means lots of Sunday shoveling.

The National Safety Council says that digging out can be very dangerous if you bite off more than you can chew.

They advise smokers and those with a history of heart trouble to take it easy, but they also add that shoveling can be a good way to get active.

“I guess I’m young enough to handle it, I could use the exercise,” says Greg Burke of Westfield. “Everybody around us has a snow-blower — that’s a good tip, to get a snow-blower.”

He adds, “we’ll probably get one before the end of the winter.”

The National Safety Council also says that people over 40, those who are usually inactive, and the elderly should be careful. Shoveling can raise your heart rate and blood pressure dramatically.

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