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Important Snow Shoveling Lessons for the Winter Season

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Snow Removal Lessons

Now that the winter and snowing season is here, it seems like the perfect timing to talk about some snow lessons that will help us to get through the season safe.

  • While snow is falling

If snow is on your weather forecast do not make the mistake of waiting until it passes to start shoveling. This will only make your work harder and you increase the chances to suffer an injury. What you should do instead is to start shoveling snow as it lands, you should prepare yourself to do it as often as every hour if the snow storm is a heavy one, this will allow a faster and safer snow removal.

  • Materials Matter

Most people do not think about the importance of choosing the right snow removal tools and materials. Some of the recommendations to follow are for example not to use rock salt on concrete to avoid cracked walkways, instead use calcium chloride. Use plastic shovels instead of metal ones in surfaces that could get damage. Keep shovels and blades from snow blowers at least a half inch to the grown to avoid to damage the driveway

  • Hold the Shovel Close

During the cold months it is not uncommon to hear about the winter injuries caused by shoveling. In order to avoid this it is necessary to learn how to shovel snow properly. The best way is to keep the shovel close to your body preventing overreaching and causing strain to different parts of your body.

  • Spray Liberally

There is a helpful tip to remember when you are getting ready to go outside to shovel some snow. Before you go outside try to apply a generous amount of cooking spray to the front and back of your shovel, this will let the snow slide of the blade of the shovel which translates in an easier job for you.

  • Have a plan

We recommend that you have a plan when you start shoveling snow. Making not only your job easier, but avoiding the risk of injuries (So common during the winter season). One excellent strategy is to start shoveling from the center of the driveway and work your way out. This will allow you to move lighter loads of snow, move faster, and avoid injuries.

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