Anyone can appreciate the beauty of freshly-fallen snow, especially when the possibility of a snow day is involved. However, snow removal is no light task, and it is important to remember the importance of keeping safe while removing snow from walks and driveways.
Remember that shoveling snow is strenuous exercise and that you should take time to properly warm up your muscles and stretch before clearing your walks and drives. Wearing appropriate clothing is a must. Gloves or mittens and non-slip boots are a necessity and your clothing should be layered and light to allow you to remove items as you get warmer.
Be sure that you are using the proper equipment- your snow shovel should have a long handle to allow you to work without excess bending. To reduce stress on your body, it is important to shovel early and often, before snow becomes densely packed and heavy.
Once walks and drives are clear [...]