Snow Shoveling Tips

9 Tips For Snow Shoveling Safely And Effectively

Snow removal is often an annoying side effect. When the first snow falls from the sky, frosty temperatures and icy roads mean it’s time to clear the snow.

With the following tips, you can complete this usually unpleasant task quickly, thoroughly, and with minimal effort.

Tip 1:

It’s essential to have the right equipment for the job. The essential equipment for snow removal consists of a snow shovel and a platform for removing accumulated snow and ice. Choose the right equipment according to the size of the area and the amount of snow you expect to receive. Make sure they are as light as possible, and the handle length matches your height. This is the only way to work safely on your back and not get tired.

Tip 2:

Locate the area to be cleared of snow before starting work. Don’t dump it on the road because not only is it in the way, and it can be slippery for cars and bikes. Instead, find a spot where it won’t be a nuisance. Never spread snow salt on plants, lawns, or flower beds.

Tip 3:

It’s best to add grit or sand. However, these should be removed by spring after the snow has melted. In many municipalities, salt spreading is prohibited. It pollutes surface drainage and can damage street trees and other plants. The choice of granular material makes sense. With a small spreader, you can spread salt spray without getting your hands dirty.

Tip 4:

Wear warm and waterproof clothing when clearing snow. It is best to wear breathable clothing, especially if you are overweight. If water collects on the skin, the body can freeze.

Snow Shoveling Tips

Tip 5:

Soft, powdery snow is more accessible to shovel than hard, flaky snow. If the snow is wet, it is better not to shovel it but to push it away if possible. Special snow shovels with a large capacity make this task much more manageable. If you can’t follow this advice, shovel a little snow at a time, leaning on your knees rather than your back.

Tip 6:

Choosing the right snow removal equipment depends primarily on the snow you want to shovel. A shovel and snow plow, also known as a snow shovel, are suitable for removing soft snow and thin layers. On the other hand, large amounts of snow and ice can be removed efficiently with a snow blower.

Tip 7:

Before shoveling snow, think about where you want to shovel it. Don’t dump snow on the road or in public parking lots, as this will block traffic. When shoveling snow, it’s best to choose a place where the snow pile won’t be a nuisance: on the lawn or in the garden.

Tip 8:

Whichever tool you use, keep your hands away from the handle. Leaving some space between your hands will increase the power of the broom and save energy. Make sure the length of the broom, snow shovel, or handle matches your height. Otherwise, you will feel uncomfortable when shoveling snow.

Tip 9:

Once the sidewalk has been cleared, gravel keeps the ground clear, and pedestrians are less likely to slip. It is best to use sand or gravel after clearing the snow. Unlike salt, which is harmful to plants, water, and trees and has been banned in many areas, these products do not cause environmental problems during snow removal.

Know When To Call The Experts

Clearing snow by hand from a small driveway or sidewalk is fine, but knowing your limitations is equally essential. For example, three inches of snow in an alley is not a lot. Six inches in an entire commercial parking lot is another matter.

So know when to put down the shovel and call for a commercial snow shoveling service. Berrington Snow Removal has been the leading ice and snow removal service in Long Island and Suffolk County, for decades. We have the equipment and experience to quickly and efficiently remove snow from commercial properties of all sizes.

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