Removing Snow from Your Landscape
For those of us in the Northeast and Northwest regions of the United States, snowfall is can be a fun adventure at times and a burden unto us at other times. We all have certain preferred methods of enjoying snow and of bearing the snow removal process. For some, the classic snow shovel works best, particularly for the wallet, if the work is worth the savings of clearing snow yourself. Others opt for the snow blower, an expensive and high maintenance method of clearing a lot of snow quickly. There are a few of us in the north that may spring for heated driveways constructed with under tubing that circulates warm air, quite a luxury after the back breaking work of shoveling by hand. If you do happen to be yoked to your shovel in the winter, here are a few tips for shoveling safety.
First, dress according to the increasing expense on your body--rather than donning bulky and restraining clothes that leave you dripping with sweat, dress in removable layers. Don't forget non-slip boots and gloves to protect your hands and feet. In light of possible overheating and dehydration, drink plenty of fluid. Next, shovel your landscape in 15 minute increments to give yourself intermittent breaks, particularly if you have heart problems. Be sure to protect your back when shoveling-it is the primary complaint for seasoned shovelers. Lastly, consider dolling out the task to a neighborhood kid and sneak back inside to the fire.