6 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Snow Removal in Edmonton

As the winter arrives, so does the snow, followed closely by your shovel that finally comes out from the seldom visited store-room. Snow-clad roads and pavements become a common sight in Canada this time around the year. And, it is important for residents and business owners to make sure that their pavements are free of snow and ice to avoid unnecessary accidents and penalties. However, often, due to a lack of awareness and the proper precautions, this trivial task of cleaning up the snow and ice can end up with an unfortunate visit to the hospital. To make sure, you avoid any of these accidents, here are a few safety tips for snow removal in Edmonton:

Prerequisites for Snow Shoveling

1) Consult a Physician:

  • The activity of shoveling snow is highly vigorous and energy draining and it causes stress to develop in your lower back and neck. Hence, make sure you consult a physician before picking up the shovel.

  • Give up when necessary. Assess your physical health before embarking on this vigorous task. In case of a medical condition, feel free to approach a team of reliable snow shoveling contractors to get your job done.

2) What to Wear:

  • Wear light, preferably loose and layered clothing

  • Do not forget to wear the safety equipment – gloves, socks, mittens, mufflers to protect yourself from the chills of the snow shoveling.

3) Warm up:

  • Many accidents happen during the course of snow shoveling. Hence, light exercise is required before starting off, to get into the momentum. Prepare your muscles for this vigorous activity by doing simple warm-up exercises.

During Snow Shoveling

1) Appropriate Choice of Shovel:

  • The shovel should be suitable for your height and strength

  • It should prevent excessive stooping and bend

  • Opt for ergonomically-designed shovels, made of light materials like plastic rather than heavy shovels made of metals

  • Space out your hands on the tool grip to increase your leverage of the shovel.

2) Push, not Lift:

  • This step needs to be kept in mind. Wrong technique can lead to severe injuries. Try working at a slow yet steady pace, in order to avoid damaging your back

  • If you must lift the bundle of snow, squat with your legs, bend your knees and use your legs as much as possible

  • Lift the bundle by straightening your legs and without bending at the waist.

3) Take Breaks

  • Frequent breaks while snow shoveling help you rejuvenate yourself

  • Pay multiple visits to the site of the snow, rather than collecting all the snow at once and risking your balance

  • Stay hydrated all the time and replenish yourself with continuous intake of fluids.

These were a few safety tips for snow removal in Edmonton that one should keep in mind during shoveling ice. Additionally, it is not advisable to engage in this activity on a regular basis especially during the colder months. For more information regarding snow-shoveling, reach out to our experts at Blacktop Paving Inc. today.

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