12/02/14 – Here are some tips for handling snow safely:
Here are some tips for handling snow safely:
Choose a shovel that is right for your height: shovels that are too short cause you to
bend over and increase the risk of back strain.
If possible push snow rather than lifting it.
Instead of throwing the snow over your shoulder or to the side, push it straight ahead and dump it into a pile beside the path.
Walk straight into snow until your shovel is full. When moving snow, turn with your entire body rather than twisting. Include your feet in the process by moving them in the same direction as your body.
Start shoveling as soon as possible. New snow is lighter than snow that has been falling for a while.
Use ice-melt or an ice chipper to remove any slipping hazards.
Clear doorways so that doors can open to their fullest extent.
If at any moment you experience pain or chest discomfort, stop what you are doing and seek medical aide.