First and foremost snow removal starts with good equipment. This means having the right sort of boots, gloves and shovels. Often people which have been shoveling for a short amount of time will begin to get blisters. Boots should go right up to your knees and be watertight with a good grip.
Shovels come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are designed specifically for various practices. Stay away from cheap shovels as they will break. Cheap plastics and wood might only be good a few times before they give way. Invest in something which will last a lifetime. Explore the idea of even getting a ergonomic shovel which is designed to take less stress off your back.
Start by clearing the walkway or path leading to the doorway. The point is that the first line that you shovel across are the reference line that you always refer back to. Pile the snow high round the lender but not in 1 spot. If you choose to pile the snow in one place you will fatigue quickly from lifting the shovel full of snow to higher heights to reach the top of the pile.
If you run across ice at the base of where you’re shoveling then use a sharp metal instrument such as a spade to split it. If there is a severe buildup then simply shovel over top of it.
There are several patterns that you can do if shoveling snow to effectively remove snow from a surface. If, for instance, you were shoveling snow from a driveway you may wish to try shoveling a line straight down the middle. Then you could get rid of the snow line by line on one side and the continuing on the other. This will prevent buildup of snow in your shovel as you shovel. If there’s a whole lot of snow you might want to make two lines down the middle of the section thereby creating three sub-sections of snow to be removed.
This will assist in being able to push reasonable amounts of snow to the bank. Another method to avoid spill off from your spade as you are shoveling to angle your shovel to 45 degrees. Think of the last time you saw a plow going down a street. The idea with the angle is to effectively move the snow ahead while stop spill off. If you we are shoveling left to right the angle that the driveway right to prevent spill off to the left.
When lifting snow make sure that you bend your knees. This will take the strain off your back. You can even kick the foundation of the shovel before lifting to guarantee a full load. Pile many tiny piles then one big one. When you first begin your pile make sure you throw it deep as future additions will likely drop back down to the region you’re trying to keep clean.
Dressing appropriately is also significant. Make sure that you wear many layers. You will sweat when shoveling snow and have the ability to peel off layers as necessary. Take frequent breaks and don’t strain yourself. Drink loads of water. Although something warm such as coffee or tea may be perfect in colder weather it may dehydrate you. Drinking hot chocolate might be a safe option.
Clearing sidewalks is a law is almost every town. Good citizens often make a point of clearing elderly neighbor’s sidewalks and paths.