BLOG NUMBER 19.3
Getting snow off your property is an important thing. However, this activity can be injurious if not handled with caution. It can have some catastrophic effects on your health. Here are some tips for safe snow removal.
Consult a Physician
One of the methods used in snow removal is shoveling. It may not be advisable for some people to go through this course of action. Shoveling involves a lot of energy, which automatically increases the heart rate. Consulting a doctor before deciding to go with shoveling is important, especially to those who have had a heart condition before.
When using a snowblower, it is important to familiarize yourself with how it works to use it properly. Handle it with care by knowing when to shut off the engine, especially when it is idle. As you handle the snowblower, be careful not to harm yourself. Do not try to reach in to unclog it while the engine is still running. The snowblower is an effective way for safe snow removal but should be handled carefully.
Mind your Body Posture
As mentioned earlier, shoveling is an intense activity that requires energy. Using the right body posture while handling snow is crucial. Use the legs as support as you lift the shovel full of snow and not your back. Mind your spine! Ensure you put your back as straight as possible as you scoop the snow.
Ensure You are Warm
Get your body warm by having some exercises such as walking or stretching. It helps the muscles to be prepared for the job at hand. Also, put on warm clothes that are water-resistant. A pair of gloves, a warm jacket, scarf, and some boots will do. Warming up helps prevent heart-related problems such as heart attack. Ensure that you regularly hydrate as you scoop the snow. Do not allow yourself to continue without several sips of water.
Work at your own pace
Remember that you are working in your area and competing with no one. Limit yourself to the proper weight of snow that you can carry. Get the right size of the shovel that is most suitable for you. Walk to where you want to place the snow rather than throwing it off. It helps minimize the risk of injury. Also, having a shovel of a suitable length is important. It will minimize the need for bending too low or too high, depending on your height. You need to maintain an average and stable bend.
Removing Snow from the Roof
When removing snow from your roof, please do not do it alone. It is advisable to have someone do it with you. It is safer that way. Ensure you have safety materials such as the correct footwear and a ladder best suited for the job. As you remove the snow from the roof, try not to collect it from one place. It is dangerous because of the weight it possesses. It may damage your roof. If possible, it is best if you work from the ground while minding your head simultaneously
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