The days are short…Temperatures are frigid.. Snow and ice are here… but, fear not. We’ve compiled 5 of the top tips on how to stay safe this winter. Interested? Keep reading to find out.
With research showing lower back pain as one of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room after shovelling snow, we think you need to read this.
- Think ahead. Consider salting your driveway or sidewalk before snow starts falling. This may help prevent an unnecessary fall once you start shovelling.
- Warm up. Before you head outside, warm up for about 10 minutes to prepare your body for the vigorous activity ahead. This can include doing squats, walking, and/or stretching.
- Start early. It’s easier to shovel 2 inches of fresh snow than 6 inches of snow that’s been sitting awhile, becoming dense and packed. If an all-day snowfall is expected, then you may want to clear a few inches of snow at a time throughout the day—rather than waiting for the snow to stop and shovelling it all at once.
- Push snow, instead of lifting it. Pushing snow is easier than lifting it. But if you must lift it, keep these pointers in mind:
- Keep your feet hip-width apart
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight
- Try not to twist your torso when lifting snow
- Shovel small amounts of snow at a time
- Don’t throw the snow into a pile; instead walk it over to where you want to pile it
- Stay hydrated. Shovelling snow is taxing, and you’re probably doing more work than you think. Take breaks and drink liquids while you’re shovelling. Remember to hydrate after you’re done shovelling as well.
Lastly, download our app so you can have someone from our team do the work and plowing for you. The cost is well worth it to prevent an injury or avoid making joint pain worse.