There's a Better Way to Shovel Snow
We'll teach you how to avoid becoming just another statistic this winter
Shoveling snow might not be effortless, but it can be painless. Each year, there are more than 11,000 injuries related to snow shoveling. This season, spare your body injury and save some time with these tips from our snow experts.
Tip 1: Stretch, Stretch, Stretch
Just like preparing for any other physical activity or sport, stretching will warm up your muscles and prevent strains and cramps. An important part of our crews’ morning huddle is stretching; make it an important part of your routine, too, by allowing five to 10 minutes to properly warm up before you begin. Hamstring and quad stretches, arm circles, and torso twists are a good start.
Tip 2: Dress Properly
Even when you don’t plan on being outside for very long, it’s always a good idea to dress for the occasion. Layer breathable clothing that you can easily shed as you warm up. Athletic wear designed to wick sweat is an excellent option. Most importantly, wear proper footwear that will give you good traction to avoid slipping.
Tip 3: Push, Don’t Lift
Work smarter, not harder. Once you’re tired, you’re more likely to lift with your lower back, increasingly the likelihood of injury. If possible, push the snow to the side instead of lifting it. Doing so will save your back and your energy.
Tip 4: Steady Wins the Race
It may seem like a pain to go outside multiple times during a storm, but if you keep up with the falling snow, your body will be exposed to less stress overall. Hit the pavement in stages and not all at once.
Tip 5: Drink Water
Don’t let the cold weather fool you — it’s still possible to get dehydrated. In addition to the fluid lost through sweat (and the occasional runny nose), winter’s dry air will do you no favors. Sip plenty of water before, during, and after shoveling to prevent muscle cramps and fatigue.
When it comes to your business, leave the shoveling to the pros. Don’t let a storm put your business on ice or expose you to unnecessary risk. A good snow removal plan developed in advance of the first snowfall and executed by a team of seasoned professionals will have you covered.