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4 TIPS FOR SAFE SNOW REMOVAL
Canada has a reputation for tough winters, and Ontario’s no exception. Whether you’ll be clearing your driveway with a shovel or a snow blower or even operating a snow removal business, safety should always come first. Here are four tips that’ll help you stay safe this winter.
- Be aware of health and safety risks
If you’ll be using a shovel or pushing a snow blower, make sure you aren’t at risk for cardiovascular events, as those are extremely strenuous activities and overexertion could prove fatal.
More generally, don’t forget that using snow removal equipment requires you to use caution. This means you need to assess any hazards, such as a busy street or a shared driveway, and you should have a plan for how you’ll reduce the risk of accidents occurring.
- Use the right tools
Snow removal equipment comes in many forms. Shovels, snow blowers and removable snowplows all have their pros and cons. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong option could result in snow removal becoming inconvenient, if not outright hazardous. If you’re in the market for new equipment, it’s worth taking the time to research and speak with an expert who can help you make the right choice. It’s also crucial to ensure your gear is in good shape.
- Dress the part
Even if you’re only planning to sit on a tractor, it’s important to dress for the weather. Wear layers so you can remove one if you get too hot. Above all, make sure you wear a hat and gloves at all times, as your extremities are highly vulnerable to frostbite, which you may not notice immediately. For the same reason, wear warm socks and boots. You should also make sure to wear sunglasses or ski goggles if visibility is reduced due to sunlight reflecting off the snow.
- Remove snow regularly
Finally, try not to wait too long before removing snow from your property. If you let it accumulate, it’ll be more difficult to remove. This will make both you and your equipment work harder and thereby increase the chance something could go wrong. In contrast, removing small amounts as they appear will be quicker and put less stress on you and your equipment.