Tips for How to Safely Remove Snow from Outside Your Home

3 Dec

Tips for How to Safely Remove Snow from Outside Your Home

When winter weather descends, snow can easily pile up in front of your house and on our driveway.  Although snow shoveling is an important task to do, there are homeowners that do not want to take on the activity, given the high risk of injuries like back pain and falling.

To avoid reduce the risk of injuries and accidents when shoveling snow, follow these tips:

  • Use a proper shovel for removing snow. A good shovel needs to have the right height and weight proportions for you. Make sure that your shovel is light enough to carry and is not too short or to tall to make shoveling uncomfortable.
  • Keep your hands and other body parts away from moving objects in your snow blower. If your snow blower is jammed, turn off the machine first and wait for several minutes before inspecting.
  • Do not let children remove the snow using any kind of tool, whether it be a shovel or snow blower.
  • Pace yourself. If you feel tired or too exhausted, take a break.  It is important to be vigilant when you’re removing snow, so you don’t slip and fall.
  • Use appropriate clothing when working. Be sure to wear something that keeps both your hands and head warm.  Water-repellant clothing is also ideal.
  • Watch what are you working on and never try to use your snow blower or shovel when your vision is unclear.
  • If it is your first time to use a snow blower, read the instructions first. Carefully study the proper procedures and keep in mind the warnings indicated on the manual.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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