“About 16, 500 people visit the emergency room every year to treat injuries they received while shoveling snow.”
Snow shoveling is one of the most frustrating tasks of winter. Anyone responsible for snow removal knows how difficult snow shoveling can be. If not performed properly, shoveling and snow blowing can be potentially dangerous to your health.
To prevent the risk of injury, Rosemont, IL-based AAOS recommends taking some precautions while shoveling this winter. Some of the safety tips to remove snow are:
Shoveling is an intense exercise that raises your blood pressure and heart rate. If you have a history of heart problems, you should avoid shoveling. Moreover, if you are older than 40, it is best to consult a doctor before shoveling. If your doctor doesn’t allow you to shovel snow, contact Royal Landscape professionals for the snow removal process.
According to Harvard Health Publications, warming up your body before shoveling can prevent injuries and heart attacks.
Before you begin shoveling the snow, take out 10 minutes to perform stretches and warm up your muscles by doing light exercises.
When you’re choosing a shovel, make sure to choose the one that feels comfortable – fits your body size and your level of strength. Choosing a shorter shovel as per your height means you need to lean forward more as you shovel the snow, increasing the risk of your back injury. This is why it’s important to choose a snow shovel that is comfortable to use and is not too long or too heavy.
To avoid back strain, you need to hold your body in the right posture while shoveling snow. The right posture to shovel is to keep your back straight, bend your knees, and squat down with your legs apart. A few more things to keep in mind:
Don’t overexert yourself. Ensure to take frequent breaks while shoveling and keep yourself hydrated throughout the process. Take a break of 5-10 minutes to relax your body, drink water so that you don’t become dehydrated as you work. Pay close attention to your body. If you feel pain or pressure in your chest, stop shoveling right away and consult with your doctor.
Watch for slippery areas, patches of ice, and areas that are uneven. Once you’ve cleared the driveway, sprinkle some rock salt on it. The rock salt will melt ice quickly and lowers the risk of slipping.
Avoid shoveling heavy, packed snow. It’s best to start shoveling when the ground is lightly covered with snow and do it often. This will reduce the accumulation of heavy, packed snow. Moreover, push the snow as much as possible rather than lifting it. However, if you lift the snow with a shovel, don’t overload the shovel. If the snow is heavy or deep, remove it in layers.
Snow blowing is another way to remove snow from pathways or driveways. If you’re using a blower to clear snow, keep these tips in mind:
We know shoveling snow is a difficult task. If you dread shoveling tons of snow from your driveway or your business’s parking lot after a brutal snowstorm, reach out to a reputable landscaping company in South Jersey, Royal Landscapes. We are fully equipped to remove snow from driveways and walkways as well as large commercial properties, parking lots and streets.
Be prepared for the next big storm by having snow removal services already in place for your South Jersey residential or commercial property by contacting us here!