Eight Tips on Shoveling Snow Safely

Snow shoveling is one of the most dreaded winter chores. While we’re taking care of your commercial snow removal needs at your St Paul business, you might be busy shoveling snow at your home. However, shoveling snow doesn’t have to break your back! Here are a few of our favorite snow shoveling tips.

  • Treat snow shoveling like you would any other exercise. Warm up before you start. Pace yourself and try not to overdo it. If you have to take a few breaks, do so. Stay hydrated too. You might be outside in freezing cold temperatures, but you will probably sweat. And that can cause dehydration if you aren’t careful.
  • If you feel any major pain, stop shoveling and seek assistance. It could be something minor, but this could also indicate something bigger is going on. While clearing up snow and ice is important, your health is more important.
  • Make sure you have the right type of snow shovel. Try to find one with a curved handle, and make sure the shovel is the right size for your height. You should be able to bend your knees and flex your back at a 10-degree angle or less as you’re starting the first part of the shoveling stroke.
  • Try to find a shovel with a plastic blade. These tend to be lighter in weight than a metal one.
  • When you go out to shovel, don’t pick up the snow and throw it aside. Use the shovel to push the snow where you want it to go.
  • Remember to lift with your knees, not your back, if you have to pick up snow with your shovel. Make sure your hands are about 12 inches apart so you get the best amount of leverage. This will help reduce the strain on your body.
  • Buying a snow blower might be something to consider, especially in an area like St Paul. This can make clearing out snow even easier on you than shoveling.
  • After the snow has been cleared, use some de-icer if need be. Use it sparingly and only put it on sidewalks and driveways. Never use de-icer on your grass, as it can cause the grass and other plants to die.

Do you want to learn more about our commercial snow removal services in St Paul? Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or get a Free Estimate.