The first snowfall of the year is spectacular. This is a time of year when putting safety first can save the day, and we’ve got your back – literally! Getting back into winter routines and snow removal habits, however, isn’t always easy. Take a look at these pointers right now.
Snow Shoveling Safety Tips
Shoveling is one of the most difficult snow removal activities. During major storms, you may find yourself clearing snow from the same area multiple times, which is ok if done cautiously.
Consult your physician. You could be better off sitting out this shoveling season if you have a history of problems with effort, shoveling, lifting, and so forth. If your doctor believes you aren’t ready to dig, they are probably correct. After all, the doctor is the expert!
Make an effort to stretch your muscles. Shoveling is a tough activity that should be approached similarly to going to the gym. Warming up and stretching your muscles before engaging in physical exercise can help you avoid injuries and prepare your heart for physical activity.
Dress appropriately for shoveling. To avoid frostbite, keep your hands and feet protected from the cold and damp snow. Cover your head, ears, and face to ensure that exposed areas receive the warmth they require, especially if the wind is harsh. You can adjust your core temperature by layering jackets and sweatshirts.
Make use of your shovel. A good shovel constructed for your height is a simple and effective approach to avoid back damage and strain.
Make improvements to your form. Concentrate on raising your legs rather than your back. Did you realize that shoveling or walking shovelfuls of snow to the side puts more effort on your body than flipping snow over your shoulder?
Shovel often. Shoveling is one of the best methods to avoid injury and ice build-up. Rather than waiting for Mother Nature to give you everything she has, gets out early and often and take on the heavy white stuff one step at a time.
Stop the ice from forming. When you’ve cleared enough snow to reach the pavement, use sand, salt, or kitty litter to prevent ice from forming.
Keep an eye out for walkways. Clear any walkways of snow and ice to ensure the safety of others. You’re covered by homeowners insurance in the event of an accident, but the ideal way is to prevent them altogether if at all feasible.
Safety Tips for Snow Blowers
Know how to use your blower. Read the directions if the snowblower is new, so you know what to expect. Even though you’ve had this snow blower for a long time, it’s always a good idea to give it a refresh when winter arrives.
Before you start, get some fuel. The safest way to add power is to do it before starting to work. It is always best to avoid adding fuel to a hot or running engine.
Keep your hands and feet away from the fan. Turn off the snowblower and let it come to a complete stop if the chute becomes clogged. Then unclog it with a solid object (a stick or a snow scraper).
How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Roof
While your walkway and driveway may be your top priorities for snow removal, don’t forget about your roof. Even roofs with a good slope can gather snow and ice, putting additional weight and water on your top. To securely remove snow from your roof, follow these instructions.
Make use of a roof rake. A roof rake allows you to keep securely on the ground while removing the snow. They’re made to protect your roof and shingles, and the telescoping handle will enable you to reach further.
Keep an eye out. You want to stay as much as possible ground and drag the snow down, but not upon yourself. Avoid dropping heavy, wet snow on yourself by standing to the side. Remember to keep an eye out for icicles that may fall.
Working in small quantities is recommended. It’s tempting to build a snowdrift on the roof and then remove it all, but this isn’t the safest way – for you or your roof. At a time, pull small amounts toward you. Start with the region closest to you and work your way up.
Not to mention the icicles. While dangling icicles are attractive, they can also be hazardous. Ice dams hinder gutters from functioning properly and can push back into your roof, causing further problems. They can potentially break and inflict pain or damage.
Last but not least, here’s terrific advice for the entire season – regardless of what you’re doing. For a joyful winter season, remember to put safety first! If you need assistance, have your phone nearby so you can call or text for help.