Friday, 18 November 2011

Snow Removal Tips

With winter comes snow. Now is the time to get ready for it.

There are a few things to be done before the major snows hit your area (if they haven't already).

1. One of the first is to make sure you have your shovels and ice chippers handy. Trying to retrieve them from the shed after it snows a foot or two is not fun.
2. Decide beforehand where you will be piling the snow when it is time to shovel. Remove any planters or items that could be damaged by the weight of the snow.
3. For those with snow blowers or garden tractors and quads with blades, be sure your equipment is ready to go. Perform your Fall maintenance so when the snow comes you can get right to it. Keeping your equipment maintained is crucial any time of year, but even moreso when temperatures dip well below freezing.
4. One of the biggest mistakes people make with the first snow fall is shoveling too much too fast. Remember to pace yourself to avoid sore muscles later. Doing some stretches before you even pick up the shovel is a good idea. For anyone with a heart condition, don't rush; the snow isn't going anywhere. If you don't get it all shoveled today, there is always tomorrow. It is not worth ending up in the hospital over.
5. Make snow removal a family affair. Even toddlers can have a little shovel and will enjoy being able to help. It is a great way for the entire family to get some exercise and fresh air. When the snow is shoveled, warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and a family movie.

For those of us who live in snowbound country, we must learn to embrace it. It comes whether we like it or not. I am personally not a big fan of it, especially when it comes to traveling. Perhaps I need to take up a winter sport so I can learn to appreciate the snow. What do you do for fun in the winter?

Have a great day!


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