As winter wears on, the cold brings snow and ice that is often tricky to clear and remove. Follow these tips to help safely clear snow and ice.
- Snow blowers and other tools require special precautions prior to use. Before using equipment, review these safety recommendations.
- Be sure to read the manufacturers’ manual prior to using a snow blower.
- Before starting the snow blower, check the area you’re clearing to ensure it’s free of debris.
- Turn off the snow blower before clearing a jam.
- Never leave a machine running unattended.
- Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning; always start and run gasoline-powered snow blowers outside.
- Dress warmly, and protect extremities, such as your nose, ears, hands and feet.
- Individuals over 40 years old who are relatively inactive and/or those with a history of heart problems should consult a doctor prior to shoveling snow.
- When shoveling, lift with your legs bent and back straight, “sitting” into the movement.
These simple practices could prevent potential injuries during the next few months.