7 Simple Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Shovel snow safely this winter

snow shoveling safety tipsWinter is quickly approaching, and with it comes many traditions and activities: holiday celebrations with loved ones, skiing and snowboarding outings in the mountains, fireplace-lit living rooms, homemade batches of soup, and – unfortunately for many of us – shoveling snow.

Living in New Hampshire when snow storms hit and your driveway and walkways are covered with the cold white stuff, you might want to just stay inside. But if your work and personal commitments make that impossible, you’ll need to first dig out the snow shovel – or make sure it’s handy before the snow flies!

For many people across NH, snow shoveling will be both a reality and a necessity this winter. At Knapton, Reade & Woods, we want to ensure that your efforts will get you on your way while also keeping you safe, so here are seven simple snow shoveling safety tips provided by the Boston Herald.

  • Warm-up! Never jump right into an activity. Start by cleaning off your car.
  • Place your hands a good distance apart on the shovel – it helps with leverage.
  • Never bend at your waist.
  • Push the snow when you can.
  • Scoop smaller loads of snow.
  • Use your legs, core and arms to help scoop and throw snow.
  • Always step in the direction you throw snow to avoid excessive twisting on your lower back.

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