Snowy WoodsIt's always pretty to wake up to a fresh coating of snow. Then reality hits, and you remember you have to remove it from your sidewalks and driveway. Those with health conditions and the elderly need to be extremely careful about how they remove snow, but even a young, fit person can end up with an injury.

Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe while removing your snow.
  1. Dress appropriately. Layer water-repellent clothing for warmth and insulation. Remember to cover your head and wear warm gloves, socks and boots too.
  2. Try to clear snow often. Don't wait for the end of the storm to do the whole thing. It's much easier on your body if you go out often and shovel smaller amounts.
  3. If shoveling, start by stretching and warming up your muscles.
  4. When possible, push the shovel. If you must lift the shovel, keep your back straight and bend your knees to lift.
  5. Find a shovel that is comfortable for you and doesn't require too much bending.
  6. Avoid throwing snow over your shoulder or to the side, which causes the back to twist.
  7. If using a snow blower, never put your hands or feet in the machine. If you need to clear it, turn it off, wait several seconds and use a long object to clear packed snow from the chute.
  8. Never leave a snow blower running unattended.
  9. Take frequent breaks, especially if you are feeling tired or overly hot or cold.
  10. If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath, seek emergency help immediately.
The cold months often bring some wintery weather that homeowners must deal with. While clearing sidewalks and driveways from snow and ice, follow these precautions to make sure you stay safe and healthy.

Your safety and wellness are up to you. Call Salzberg Insurance Agency at (757) 583-1828 for more information on Norfolk health insurance.
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