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Tips and tricks for safe snow removal

Snow! Yes I said it. Every year you know it’s coming: some years it’s in like a lamb and out like a lion but the last few years it has come and gone like a hungry T-Rex. What’s the best way for a homeowner to deal with a hungry T-Rex? Or a never-ending pile of snow? Keep reading to find out!

Get your tools ready

Before the season starts, tune up your snow blower and check all your shovels and gear for wear and tear. Continue to check your equipment all season long, before and after each snow clearing. Have a small stockpile of extra parts like belts, chains or anything that might break or wear. (We all know the one part you don’t have will break Christmas Eve during a snowstorm!) Stock up on salt and ice-melter because it goes faster than Halloween candy. And make sure your fuel is fresh. Fuel does go stale over time, and you’ll need lots to spare if you can’t get your car out to get more.

Plan Ahead

Unless you have an industrial-sized snow cone maker, you will need a place to put all that snow. Make sure you plan where you intend to blow or shovel it. Have a plan B for overflow in the event of really heavy accumulation. Some years, we go days without a break in snowfall, so planning where it will end up is one of the most important things on your checklist.

Safety first!

Most of us think of snow as that light, fluffy stuff that we love to play in - or curse at when we shovel it. But if you’re not careful, you can get injured when clearing your snow. Stay safe by ensuring all areas that you will be clearing are free to debris and danger.

When a stone gets caught up in a snow blower it can become a small missile that can damage property and injure people. Check daily to ensure no new debris is in your path. After you clear the snow away, there could be the danger of ice. Have a bag of salt or ice-melter ready to help prevent slips and falls. Finally, ensure snow is blown away from other people and anything that can be damaged.

Great new tools

Snow blowers with electric start and heated handles.

Ice-melters that are eco- and pet-friendly; they won’t stain interlock or harm plants.

Ergonomic shovels and pushers to help prevent excessive bending and back stress

You’ve made the checklists, tuned the equipment and are ready to attack that snow. Two of the most important things that are never in any instruction manual are to stay hydrated and never over-exert yourself; the snow will be there after you take a break. Dress warm, be safe and have fun!

Scott Duff​Scott Duff is the owner of the award winning Aura Landscaping. Read more