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Snow Removal Tips

Snow and ice removal from around your home is an essential winter safety activity.
However, injuries can happen!

Choose the Right Shovel?
When using a snow shovel make sure the shovel fits your body size and your level of strength. Using one that is too short means that you will be leaning forward more as you shovel the snow, and you are running the risk of a back injury by doing so. Choose a snow shovel that is comfortable to use and is not too long or too heavy.
 
Use Proper Shoveling Method?
The proper way to lift a shovel full of snow is to keep your back straight while bending your knees and squatting down with your legs apart. Do not throw the shovelfuls of snow over your shoulder or to the side. Instead, carry them to where you want to place the snow. Keep your arms close to your body instead of outstretched when carrying shovelfuls of snow. Doing this reduces stress placed on your back and spine.
When To Start Shoveling?
Start removing the snow when the ground is lightly covered and keep clearing it often. Doing this reduces the build up of heavy, packed snow. Rather than lifting the snow, push it as much as possible. If you must lift the snow, do not overload the shovel. If the snow is deep, remove it in layers.
Choose Ice Melt Carefully?
Putting a layer of rock salt (sodium chloride) on icy areas is an effective way to melt the ice. However, rock salt can cause damage to concrete and metal surfaces. If you or any neighbours have pets then it could be wise to pick a pet friendly ice melt. Before using any ice melting products always read the labels carefully.
​Snow Blowers!
Snow blowers are very effective at clearing snow and can save your back; however, they bring their own dangers. Always inspect your snow blower thoroughly before each use. Keep the machine in good repair, so make a point of ensuring the machine has enough oil and that its tires are inflated properly before use. If you are using an electric snow blower, check the cord to make sure that it hasn't become frayed or damaged.