Shoveling Tips After Winter Storm in America
Snow, ice, high winds and blizzard conditions continue to plague much of the country as a massive snowstorm makes its way towards the East Coast. But even after the last snowflakes fall, cleanup efforts may last for days.
“Motorists and homeowners have major challenges ahead,” said Sean Welch, a senior assistant vice president at Amica Insurance. “Driving conditions will continue to be treacherous until road crews have a chance to clear and treat all of the main roads and side streets. And homeowners face the daunting task of digging out from yet another storm.”
It’s important to be careful if using a snow blower or plow to clear snow from driveways and walkways, Welch said. Never use your hand to remove snow from a clogged snow blower, and make sure children and pets are a safe distance away.
Shoveling is also a concern, because of the increased risk of heart attacks and other injuries, Welch said. “If you’re not healthy enough to shovel, hire someone to plow or shovel your driveway for you.”
Here are some other shoveling tips:
* Dress warmly, in layers, and beware of frostbite and hypothermia.
* Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeine and alcohol while outside in the cold.
* Push the snow rather than lift it, whenever possible, to reduce the amount of effort needed to clear it.
* If you have to lift the snow, use a smaller shovel to reduce the amount of weight on it.
Also don’t forget to clear all snow and ice from your car before heading out, Welch said. Here are some other reminders before heading out on the roads:
* Wait for streets to be plowed thoroughly before you attempt to drive anywhere.
* Reduce your speed when driving on snow or ice-covered roads. Allow plenty of room between your car and others on the road.
* Remember that roads will be narrow and visibility restricted because of the large amounts of snow piled on the sides of roads and at intersections.
* Watch out for pedestrians.