Get a good snow shovel. Make sure you spend the money on a good, metal shovel. Many of the plastic ones won’t scrape down to the pavement. Also, some shovels are more ergonomic and put less strain on your body. If your driveway is extra long or wide, you may want to consider getting a snowblower or making friends with your neighbor who owns one.
Bundle up! Although your body will warm up while shoveling, bundle up to avoid wind chill and grab some sunglasses! That bright white snow reflects the sun and can damage your eyes. Also, make sure you have the proper gear so you don’t fall and injure yourself. A good pair of snow boots with proper traction make a big difference.
Shovel before pulling your car out of the garage. Although it’s not always possible, it’s a lot easier to get the snow up before it’s packed down by a heavy car or even footsteps. try to clear the snow first and it will be less work for you!
Push more, lift less! As much as possible, push the snow off your driveway into yard space or landscaping. Occasionally you will have to scoop and lift, but as with anything heavy, lift by bending your knees and use your legs so it’s less strain on your back.
Don’t throw your snow into the street. It’s illegal to throw your snow into the street. Rather, pile it up in your yard and other places where it can melt but not cause a hazard. Most neighbors don’t like your snow on their property either, so be considerate of property lines and keep it in your yard.
Clear residential sidewalks in front of your home. According to ColoradoSprings.gov, you have up to 24 hours after the end of a storm to clear the sidewalk in front of your home. Remember, if you live on the corner, you’re responsible for the side of your home as well. For businesses, clear sidewalks by 5:00 p.m. the day after snow stops falling.
Don’t shovel if you have health conditions. If you have heart problems, trouble breathing, or other health concerns that may be increased by activity, consider finding a neighbor or hiring a landscape company to swing by your home during a major storm.