Winter weather is nothing new to the Twin Cities. Between October and April, Minneapolis and Saint Paul receive 54 inches of snow on average, along with ice and extremely low temperatures. Despite being accustomed to severe winter weather, many Twin Cities residents who choose to do their own ice and snow removal make several common errors. Keeping a property safe and passable requires regular snow and ice removal. Make sure you’re prepared by reviewing our list of the top five DIY snow removal mistakes because the Farmer’s Almanac predicts that we will see some harsh cold and lots of snow.
Putting Off Shoveling Too Long
It may seem time-saving to wait for snow to accumulate, especially during a major snowstorm, but doing so is foolish and potentially dangerous. Snow gets heavier as it gathers, putting extra strain on your back and heart. Furthermore, delaying shoveling allows snow to melt in the sun and then refreeze, making the ground slicker and the snow icier and harder to remove. To lower risk, it’s crucial to shovel and salt throughout a storm and right away after light snowfalls.
Using the Wrong Tools
Employing the Inappropriate Tools and Methods
Using the incorrect kinds of shovels and shoveling methods is another common error people make when clearing snow from their own driveways. Big, heavy shovels are harder to use and put further strain on an already taxing operation. Choose lightweight, ergonomic shovels that are developed with snow removal in mind. Likewise, when you shovel, be sure you’re doing it correctly. The risk of injury and exhaustion is higher when using the scoop-lift-toss technique. The push approach is the right shovel technique for clearing snow. Use your shovel to push the snow off the spot you’re clearing rather than lifting it. If you must lift and toss snow, be careful not to twist your back by lifting from your knees and tossing the snow forward.
Inappropriate Snow Blower Use
Snow blowers are certainly safer than shoveling, yet there are still mistakes that people make frequently that increase risk. In order to prevent harm from the motor recoil when your snow blower clogs, switch it off right away, wait, and use a sturdy object to free the blockage. Never refuel your snowblower inside, during usage, or right after. A snowblower’s hot engine might result in severe burns if you come into contact with it. Using corded snow blowers also requires caution to prevent the cord from severing or coming into contact with the engine. Before to using your snow blower, make sure to read the instruction booklet carefully. Also, keep your eyes open while using the machine.
Not Taking Breaks
Missing out on breaks
Many people desire to complete a large work as soon as they can in order to put it behind them. But when it comes to clearing snow, it’s crucial to move slowly and take frequent rests. Slow down and pay attention to your feelings. Never wait until you are exhausted before taking a break. About 100 fatalities per year are caused by the physical risks of snow removal being exacerbated by cold conditions.
Clearing Snow When Health Hazards Exist
It takes a lot of effort to remove snow. According to studies, clearing snow causes a greater increase in heart rate and blood pressure than does running on a treadmill. Because of this, medical professionals advise against shoveling snow if you are over 55, have heart disease, high blood pressure, are overweight, or are not used to strenuous exercise. Heart attack risk is too high, and it simply isn’t worth it to risk a costly hospital stay or passing away.
Winter Safety Tips from The Grass DR
The Grass DR can help you stay safe this winter.
The Twin Cities Metro has received expert snow removal and plowing services from The Grass DR. Our team of trustworthy and knowledgeable operators, who are committed to keeping our customers safe, service the same properties every time it snows, ensuring that you receive prompt service from people who are familiar with your location. In order to fulfill a variety of tasks, from the smallest residential lots to massive commercial projects, The Grass DR uses specialized equipment.