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Best Practices for Safe Snow Shovelling

With November upon us, we’re getting closer and closer to snow shovelling season.

Take a look at the tips below to make sure you’re prepared for what’s in store!

  • Ensure you’re warming up before starting your task (e.g., flexing and stretching).
  • Wear the right clothes by dressing in warm but lightweight layers
  • Spread rock salt or kitty litter on slippery ground to give you traction while shovelling.
  • Make sure you’re using the right shovel for the job – do you want a push shovel or a smaller blade shovel? Using the right tool helps reduce strain on your body.
  • Turn your whole body when throwing snow (don’t just twist at the waist).
  • Take your time. Rushing through a job can overexert your muscles and joints, causing injury.
  • Know when to stop! If the temperature dips below -40, or even -25 with the windchill, come back to your task when the weather has improved.

For more information, check out the full list of safe shovelling tips from Canada Safety Council.