Five tips when shovelling snow

Garden Life
As the winter season arrives, it brings with it the usual smattering of snowfall across the country. A favourite of children nationwide, it covers the earth in a beautiful white layer. However one often annoying side effect is that it needs to be shovelled away. Stay well equipped with these five tips.

Tip 1: Choosing the equipment

Firstly, selecting the appropriate shovelling equipment is important. Choose depending on the size of the area you plan to clear and how deep the snow is. Ensure that the product is as lightweight as possible and that the length of the handle is correct for your height. This will reduce the effort needed to clear the snow and lessen the strain on your body. The basic equipment you'll need for shovelling snow usually consists of a snow shovel to do the initial clearing and a scraper for trodden-in snow and ice.

Tip 2: Clearing a space

Before you start, you should consider where you want to put the snow after shovelling. Do not put the snow onto the road, where it will be in the way. Try to pile the snow into a place that will cause minimal disruption to others. Shovelling the snow to the side of your driveway or onto your lawn are just a few examples of suitable places.

Tip 3: Freeze prevention

As the temperatures during winter are usually consistently low, the danger of small remaining patches of snow freezing presents a risk. Gravel and salt are the best products to scatter on pavements after clearing to prevent this. Their composition prevents further freezing on the area where it has been scattered. Be sure to clear the remaining residue of gravel and salt after the winter season has ended so it doesn't collect on your driveway or pavements.

Tip 4: Wearing the correct clothing

Due to low temperatures, make sure above all that you wear warm, winter-resistant clothing when shovelling snow. Breathable clothing is suitable as well when the shovelling requires a lot of effort. If moisture collects on your skin, you may catch a cold.

Tip 5: Minimise the effort

Shovelling snow requires a lot of effort and it is important not to over-exert yourself. Try to push the snow to the side rather than lifting it away if possible. This will make clearing a large-area much easier. If this is not possible, only take a small amount of snow onto your shovel at a time and bend your knees so as to reduce the strain on your body. Take regular breaks indoors when shovelling to break the task up if you can.