Much of the U.S. has seen large amounts of snow pile up on roadways and
sidewalks in recent years as a series of powerful winter storms crossed the
heartland. Shoveling snow is never a fun task, and if done incorrectly it can
even be dangerous for your health. Here are 5 tips for shoveling snow in the
easiest and safest manner possible:
- Purchase a quality snow shovel that is
comfortable to use and easy on your back. A well-designed shovel will allow you
to push snow rather than lift it while working in a more or
less upright position. If you have to bend over to use it, you
have the wrong snow shovel.
- Try not to walk or drive on the snow before shoveling it. Fresh snow is much
easier to remove than compacted snow.
- Keep your snow shovel outdoors where it will remain at the same temperature
as the outside air. Snow will cling to a warm shovel, causing all kinds of
headaches when trying to use it.
- In deep snow try to push a "strip" of snow that is about 1/2 the width of
the shovel. This will allow you to work faster and safer because you're pushing
only half the weight you would normally be pushing.
- Work in short stretches in order to avoid having a heart attack. Blood
vessels constrict in cold weather which makes strenuous exercise quite
dangerous. A number of people suffer heart attacks every year while shoveling
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