How to Safely Shovel Snow

Shoveling snow is one past-time that many of us dread to do, but it must be done in order to clear a path for ourselves, guests, and cars. 

During the holidays, we are all happy to sing Christmas classics like “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” that is, until it actually starts snowing. Snow can cover our driveways and our walkways, which means that it is time to bust out the ol’ shovel and clear a path. But it can be dangerous, so here are a few tips on how you can safely shovel snow.

Keep Warm – When it comes to staying warm during the winter, wearing layers are key. A shirt, sweater, and a proper winter coat will keep your upper body warm. Long underwear and snow pants will keep your legs warm. A hat, gloves, and winter boots will keep your head, hands, and feet warm, respectively.

Proper Boots – Snow can create a terrible environment on which to step. It can be slippery and lead to a nasty bruise on your behind. Make sure your winter boots have proper traction in order to keep stable while you shovel.

Proper Technique – Pushing snow, rather than lifting, can reduce the strain on your body. When lifting is required, use your legs–not your back.

You’re going to need the right homeowners insurance to have you covered, no matter if you are in charge of shoveling or not. Contact the independent insurance professionals Perry & Carroll in Elmira, New York for all of your homeowners insurance coverage needs this season.