Snow Removal Tips

Every year hundreds of people injure their backs, or worse, by removing snow. Snow removal may be a necessity, but it is also a physical activity that should be carefully undertaken. Here are some tips to prevent injuries and help you enjoy the winter. Follow these safety tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Dress warmly, paying special attention to feet, hands, nose and ears.
  • Avoid shoveling snow if you are out of shape. If you have a history of heart
  • trouble, do not shovel snow unless your doctor says it's okay.
  • Do light warm-up exercises and stretches before shoveling and take frequent
  • breaks.
  • If possible, push snow in front of you. If you have to lift it, pick up small amounts
  • and lift with your legs, not your back. Do not toss snow over your shoulder or to
  • the side.
  • Don't drink alcohol before or while shoveling snow. Never smoke while
  • shoveling.
  • Use rock salt or de-icing compounds to remove ice from steps, walkways and
  • sidewalks. Sand placed on walkways may also help prevent slipping.
  • If you use a snow blower, follow these safety guidelines:
    • Read the owner's manual before starting your snow blower. Make sure
    • you understand all the recommended safety steps.
    • Make sure all people and pets are out of the way before you begin.
    • Do not put your hand in the snow blower to remove impacted snow or debris. Turn the machine off and wait a few seconds. Then use a stick or broom handle to remove the material.
    • Do not leave the snow blower unattended when it is running.
    • Never let a child operate a snow blower.
    • Fill up with fuel before you start when the engine is cool.

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