Goodbye Summer, Hello Winter!
With the winter months quickly approaching, we find ourselves preparing for the most dreadful chore of all, snow shoveling! Below we have compiled a list of 10 snow shoveling best practices to help you gear up for this winter.
- SAFETY FIRST: Always stretch your muscles before shoveling. This will help prevent muscle strains and back injuries.
- STAY HYDRATED: Drink plenty of water.
- BREAKS: Remember to take intermediate breaks in between shoveling to avoid over exertion.
- COAT YOUR SHOVEL: Simply spray an oil or wax based product onto your shovel to prevent snow from sticking.
- TRACTION: Try laying kitty litter or sand on the ground to create traction. This could lessen your chances to slip and fall.
- DON’T WAIT: Clear snow as it falls, rather than waiting for the storm to pass. Heavy snow accumulation that sits for a prolonged amount of time, will cause icing. The icing can make it more difficult to remove the snow from the ground.
- PUSH: Try pushing the snow from side to side as opposed to heavy lifts. Doing this will decrease the amount of stress placed on your lower back.
- TREAT: Use Calcium Chloride to treat sidewalks rather than Salt to prevent icing. This method works more quickly and effectively in low temperatures.
- NEVER USE WATER: Do not use hot water to treat the snow. The water will quickly freeze and turn into black ice.
- CALL FOR HELP! If the area is too large or just too difficult to shovel, employ us! Grab a blanket, sip your hot cocoa and let Advanced Paving Services remove the snow for you!!