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Snow Removal: An Inevitable Part of Winter

By February 20, 2023No Comments
Woman using snowblower

When there’s snow, you’re going to have to remove it. It’s a part of winter we’ve all accepted and it’s inevitable that you’ll be out there clearing your driveway. While light snows can be easily shoveled away no problem, snowstorms require heavy duty appliances. It’s important to always practice safety when you’re removing snow, whether with a shovel or a snow plow. 

Snow removal accidents can happen to anyone. Marvel star Jeremy Renner is currently in recovery after breaking over 30 bones in a snow plow accident. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about snow removal safety. 

Snow Shoveling Risks and Safety

Did you know snow shoveling is responsible for up to 100 deaths a year? Snow shoveling may seem like a simple household chore, but it can cause strain on the body especially if you have health conditions. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you need to shovel snow. 

Bundle Up 

If there’s snow on the ground, it’s likely cold out. Make sure your feet and hands are protected from the cold, and that you’re wearing appropriate gear. Your face should be covered, as well. 

Shovel Snow When It’s Fresh 

Fresh snow is going to be light and easy to lift. The longer it’s on the ground, it will become packed and dense. Shoveling fresh snow is easier and safer. 

Push, Don’t Lift

When you’re shoveling snow, you should be pushing it with your shovel, not lifting it. This will cause less strain on your body, and make the entire process easier. 

Talk to Your Doctor

Shoveling snow can cause exertion and involves heavy lifting. Before shoveling snow, you should consult with your doctor if you have health conditions.

Snowblower Safety Tips 

Operating a snowblower should be taken seriously. Not knowing what you’re doing could result in serious injury, or breaking the machine. Follow these tips when using a snowblower. 

Read the Instructions

A snowblower can be dangerous. It’s extremely important that you read the manual before operating. 

Keep Your Hands Away From the Blower 

Snowblowers have moving parts that can be dangerous. Keep your hands and feet away from the machine while it’s on. If the snowblower becomes clogged, turn it off and refer to the manual to figure out how to proceed. 

Add Fuel Before You Start 

You should always add fuel to your snowblower while it’s off and the engine is cool. It should also be added outdoors, to safely avoid fumes. 

Roof Snow Removal 

Another area you’ll need to consider when it snows is your roof. Leaving heavy amounts of snow on your roof can cause unnecessary damage. Not to mention those pesky and dangerous icicles that can form along the edge. 

Remove Icicles 

Large icicles hanging from the roof can be beautiful, but they’re also dangerous. Ice build up on your roof can clog the gutters, and result in damage. Icicles can also fall and cause injuries. So, they should be removed as soon as you see them. 

Get a Roof Rake

When it’s cold and icy out, you shouldn’t be climbing up onto the roof. Roof rakes are a device designed so you can get snow off of your roof without having to get up on a ladder. Make sure that you don’t pull the snow onto yourself, and always watch out for icicles! 

Final Thoughts 

If you live in a climate that gets snow, removal is inevitable. Following these tips can help keep you safe and efficient during the winter. Not taking the proper precautions can result in injury, or damage to your home. Stay warm out there!

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