Living in New England has prepared us for the snow and ice, but knowing how to correctly remove it will ensure your safety and the safety of others around you. Today’s Safety Saturday moment discusses the importance of proper snow removal.
Whether you’re plowing, salting, blowing, or shoveling snow, all strategies should be done as safely as possible. If you’re shoveling, set a slow pace and don’t use a shovel that’s too heavy, and don’t overdo it when shoveling. If you have a means of pushing the snow rather than lifting, use it- this will mean you’re less likely to injure yourself. Always use caution when operating machines that blow or push snow, and work at times when as few people and cars are on the road as possible. Finally, avoid piling snow in front of dumpsters, water drains, electrical boxes, and fire hydrants.
Until next time, from all of us at the W. L. French Safety Department, stay safe out there.