SHOVELING SAFETY: Don’t Over Exert Yourself

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The snow is here and it’s time to start shoveling.

Most cities require you to remove the snow on your sidewalks 24 to 48-hours after the snow stops falling.  In Des Moines, Johnston and Windsor Heights you have 48-hours. In the West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Waukee and Altoona you only have 24 hours.

If you fail to clear your walk, you may receive a fine, but most cities says they only fine residents if there is a complaint.
No one wants to receive a fine right before the holidays, but the American Heart Association is also urging everyone to take it easy with the heavy snow.

Don’t over exert yourself when shoveling. The heavy wet snow is nicknamed ‘heart attack snow’ because the cold weather combined with lots of exertion has been known to cause heart attacks.

Take your time and help your neighbors.