Safety Corner: Safe Snow Removal
By Molly Dillon
The snowy season is upon us, which means it’s time to brush up on some winter safety knowledge! It is important to take extra safety measures during our long Western New York winters. There are many factors impacting potential risks to our safety in the winter such as cold temperatures, snow and ice, snow removal and more. Keep in mind the following tips and tricks:
Dress for the Weather
If you are planning to be outside, dress in layers! Wear a hat or a hood, as 40% of body heat can be lost when the head is left exposed. Wear insulated boots to keep your feet warm and keep a change of dry clothing available in case your clothes become wet.
Safe Snow Removal
Remember that when preparing to leave your home, you should allow yourself extra time for snow removal and travel. Leave yourself plenty of time to clear snow from your parking spot or driveway before leaving.
Note to our Staff: When working your shifts, remember snow removal is not within the scope of practice for PCAs! If you are working with a client and there is snow or ice requiring removal, please contact the Blossom office or On-Call (during non-business hours).
The National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:
Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
Push the snow rather than lifting it
If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
Lift with your legs, not your back
Do not work to the point of exhaustion; take frequent breaks to rest
Snowblower Safety Tips:
Wear footwear with good traction
Avoid loose clothing
Wear ear protection
Start the machine outside
Take your time