Snow Shoveling Tips and Ideas

Snow shoveling can be a lot of work. Between the snow and ice storms in the colder parts of the U.S., the responsibility to clear your sidewalk, driveway, and various other paths are on your list of tasks.

Shoveling snow may seem quite simple but many people don’t complete the task as efficiently or as safely as they should to reduce the risk of injury to themselves or to others.  Today, take a look at the top 3 things to keep in mind while shoveling to keep paths clear this winter seasons.

What kind of shovel should I use for snow?

  • High-strength, plastic shovels are light and easy to use, so if you have snow piling up, this kind of shovel would do the job well. However, constant scraping against sidewalks and driveways can wear out the material, and they are not particularly effective when ice is on the ground.
  • Metal shovels are weightier and often more difficult to handle, but if you are dealing with both snow and ice, this might be a good way for you to go. Such shovels will save you a lot of time if you need to chip ice while shoveling, and have amazing durability when chosen correctly.
  • Either way, confirm that the shovel has a long, curved handle to reduce risk of spinal stress. Back injuries, fractures, and heart problems related to snow shoveling cause 11,000+  adults and children to the hospital every year1 — you don’t want to be another statistic!

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