(NC) Walking in a winter wonderland isn't so jolly when you're slipping and tripping over ice, slush and snow. Clearing snow off your driveway and sidewalk is about more than simply making the trek easier and convenient for everyone who walks on your property, it may also be required by law for safety reasons.
While the specifics vary according to municipality, you can use these tips to quickly and efficiently remove snow and avoid any potential slip and fall lawsuits.
Dress for success. Spending time in below freezing weather can be chilly and make your fingers and toes vulnerable to frostbite. Stay warm and safe by dressing in layers, waterproof boots with traction, lined pants, a durable jacket and wool socks.
Practice good form. You'll want to stretch your back, legs and arms indoors before piling on your snow gear. Once outside, remember to bend your knees and lift with your legs to prevent back injuries. Take frequent breaks and switch the shovel between your right and left hands to work different muscles.
Clear from top to bottom. You don't want to shovel the same area twice, so brush snow off your car, shrubs and gutters before moving onto your driveway. Similarly, if you can, wait for the snow plow to do your street first so that you can clear the pile it leaves at the same time you are shoveling your driveway.
Use the right tools. If you have a large driveway or experience frequent heavy snowfalls where you live, consider buying an ergonomic snow shovel or a snow blower or thrower to help. Before a snowfall and after shoveling, use salt to keep ice at a bay. If you have kids, pets or delicate surfaces, research safer options that meet your needs.
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