WACO, Texas (PRWEB) January 26, 2015
Thousands of people are injured and treated at emergency rooms for injuries sustained from shoveling and removing snow and ice from driveways and walkways. The most common injuries were sprains and strains to the back and shoulder. To stay healthy and prevent injuries, keep these safety tips from The Grounds Guys in mind:
- Dress accordingly. When working outside in the cold winter months, dress in layers and wear water-repellent coverings such as gloves, a hat, and warm socks to protect skin.
- Warm up your muscles before you start shoveling. Do some light warm-up exercises inside before going outdoors. Once outside, pace yourself, drink water, and take breaks. Seek medical attention if you experience shortness of breath or chest pain.
- Push the snow out of your driveway or walkway instead of lifting it. Lifting it can increase your risk of back injury.
- Avoid tossing snow over your shoulder to clear it. You can twist and injure your back when tossing the snow to the side.
- If you use electrical equipment such as a snow blower to remove snow, always be aware of where the electrical cord or power source is located.
- Select a snow shovel that fits your size and is comfortable for you to lift. When using it, space your hands apart to provide the most leverage.
- Use a snow rake to pull down large amounts of snow from the roof. By using a snow rake, you can stay on the ground and avoid the risk of falling from a ladder.
- Apply de-icing material to your roof. This can help prevent large icicles from forming, which can be dangerous when they fall.
- When clearing snow from your roof, treat cables and lines running to and from the house as live and potentially dangerous.
Whether you want clear walkways, ice control, or a complete snow and ice management program, The Grounds Guys offers the right solutions for your needs. Don’t be caught in the cold; contact the professionals at The Grounds Guys today.