Many residential and commercial properties have requirements in regards to snow cleanup. This is for the safety of pedestrians and essential employees, such as postal and garbage workers. Having insurance is always important but keeping your sidewalks safely shoveled and salted helps prevent incurring any accidents or claims!
Shoveling Safety Tips:
- A lightweight shovel in good working condition does wonders!
- Don't forget your non-slip shoes and to dress appropriately.
- When shoveling, focus on lifting with your legs, not your back.
- Throw snow to the side, not over your shoulder.
- If you shovel early and often, the snow is much easier to move than if you wait until it gets compacted.
- An overfull shovel will put strain on your body, be sure to do small more frequent shovels full.
- Scatter salt or litter over pavement after shoveling to prevent slippery sidewalks.
- Alternatively, apply deicer or salt before it snows to make shoveling easier!
- Don't shovel to the point of exhaustion, if you need a break, take one!
- Elderly residents can be exempt from having to shovel, check the laws in your city!
Pedestrian Walking Tips:
- Wear appropriate footwear to prevent spills!
- Watch where you're going and pay attention to traffic/traffic signals.
- Give yourself extra time to get where you're going.
- Wear sunglasses and clothing that contrasts with snow to keep yourself visible.
- Wear layers so you don't get overheated!
Supplies to Have on Hand:
- Three to Five days worth of non-perishable food.
- At least three days worth of water (one gallon per person per day).
- First-aid kit.
- Blankets and warm clothing.
- Battery or hand-crank powered flashlights.
- Battery or hand-cranked radio to receive weather reports and emergency updates.
- If possible, an emergency heating source (think space heater, hand/toe warmers, etc.).
- Medications and other special supplies for seniors, children, and pets.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay safe through the winter storm! Let us know if you have any other tips to add: [email protected]!