Snow can provide for many fun winter activities, but for many homeowners, it can also be a literal pain. Snow on sidewalks, driveways and occasionally even roofs must be removed, and that removal can put a lot of stress on your body. Here are some tips to make the snow removal process easier this winter.
Shoveling snow can place high stress on the heart. Because of this, if you have a heart condition, or should otherwise avoid strenuous activity, consult your doctor before shoveling snow. If you are unable to shovel, consider asking a friend or neighbor to help you out.
In addition to placing stress on the heart, snow shoveling can also place a lot of stress on muscles, especially those in the back. To avoid muscle strain while shoveling, try to push snow rather than lifting. If you must lift the snow, squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs. Do not bend at the waist.
If using a snowblower, never reach inside to clear a jam. Stop the engine, wait five seconds and use a solid object to clear jams. You should also never leave an idling snowblower unattended, especially around children or pets. To prevent burns, never add gas to a snowblower that is running or hot. Only add gas when the engine is completely cool.
Following these simple tips can help make sure you can enjoy the fun parts of the winter snow season, while avoiding the pain.