Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Part Two: Safe Shoveling

January 27, 2015 10:33 am

Winter storm Juno has come and gone, and now you are left to clean up its mess.

A small amount of snow might only require light shoveling, while a stronger storm with a higher accumulation will force you to bring in a snow blower or a plow. If you or your personnel are shoveling snow, take precautions. Be aware of any areas in your complexes that need shoveling. Don’t wait for your residents to take it upon themselves to remove snow.

The Snow and Ice Management Association offers tip for safe snow shoveling. Here’s a few:

  • Don’t wait for it to stop snowing before you begin shoveling.
  • Wear breathable layers, allowing for your perspiration to evaporate. Wear waterproof boots with good traction so you don’t slip and fall.
  • Stretch! Shoveling snow can be quite a workout and as with all workouts, stretching before and after will help prevent injuries.
  • Push the snow off to the side with your shovel rather than try to life and toss the snow. This will keep your muscles from straining prevent you from getting tired too quickly.
  • Take breaks and stay hydrated. Even when it’s cold outside, drinking lots of water is vital. Take a few minutes to rest from the shoveling, giving yourself time to chug a glass of H2O.

As with any exercise, pay attention to your own body and if you start to feel sore, light headed or your fingertips or toes are getting too cold, take a break and assess yourself before you continue.

To read more of SIMA’s tips, click here.

Be sure to read on next week for more winter storm preparation tips!

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