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Snow Shoveling tips for Seniors: How to stay safe in the winter

It’s that time of year again when snow begins to fall in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York. Shoveling snow can be a daunting task, especially for seniors. But with a few snow shoveling tips, you can clear your sidewalk or driveway in no time this winter.

Shovel moving snow from sidewalk

  • Dress warmly. Layering is key when it comes to staying safe and warm while shoveling snow. Wear a hat, gloves, boots, and several layers of clothes.
  • Take breaks often. Shoveling snow can be strenuous work, so take frequent breaks to rest and warm up.
  • Use a snow shovel that is the right size for you. A snow shovel that is too big or too small can be dangerous.
  • Be aware of slippery surfaces. Wet snow and ice can make sidewalks and driveways very slippery. Be careful while walking or driving in these conditions.
  • Shovel snow correctly. Push the snow instead of lifting it whenever possible. If you must lift snow, use your legs to do so, not your back.

Watch this video that shows you  snow shoveling safety tips by using the proper technique.

Winter isn’t easy. Check on your neighbors. If you see a neighbor who is elderly or disabled, offer to help them shovel snow. They may need assistance, and it’s always nice to lend a helping hand during the winter months. Working together, and using the snow shoveling tips above, you can keep your sidewalk or driveway without any problems.

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