February 21, 2017

This winter has been especially harsh from a snow standpoint, with areas across the country – from Victoria, B.C. to St. John, N.B. – seeing abnormally high amounts of snow falling. Of course, more snow on the ground means more snow to shovel from walkways, driveways and sidewalks.

The Canada Safety Council wants you to stay safe and shovel smart, not hard. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you’re clearing the white powder from your paths.

  • Warm up. You’re taking your body out into the cold and exerting energy. The importance of limbering up to prevent muscle strain and injury can’t be overstated. Stretch and get the blood flowing before you dive into the chore. You wouldn’t let a car run without warming it up, so why do the same to your body?
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions. Just because there’s snow down doesn’t mean it’ll naturally be ice cold outside. On the other hand, it also doesn’t mean it’s safe to assume you’ll...

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