Keep Safe with Snow Shoveling Tips from Gerstad

January 20, 2011

snow shovel blizzard 300x250What does snow mean for you? If you’re a child, it means maybe having the day off from school, watching movies, building snowmen and hot chocolate. If you’re an adult, it means spending the day shoveling snow. However, before you venture out of your Richmond new homes to begin this arduous task, you need to take a few precautions so that you don’t get hurt.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends that you heed caution before and during riding your driveway of snow.

If you’re using a shovel:

  • Make sure your muscles are warm: Shoveling snow is a vigorous activity that will raise your heart rate and work your muscles. To keep safe, you should warm-up with 10 minutes of light exercise before you begin; just like you would before any other workout.
  • Don’t overdo it: Because this activity is so vigorous, it is important to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids. Just remember if you feel bad, then stop.
  • Push, don’t lift the snow: Lifting the snow is harder on your back: Pushing the snow is easier. If you have to, lift small amounts of snow with your legs.

If you’re using a snow blower:

  • Keep your hands and feet out of the snow blower: If you need to clear debris from the chute, make sure to stop the engine, wait five seconds and use a solid object, not your limbs to do the task.
  • Keep an eye on the cord: So that you don’t trip and fall, make sure to be mindful of the power cord at all times.
  • Never leave the snow blower unattended: Make sure to turn off the snow blower before walking away from the machine.

For more tips, visit the AAOS website.

Clearing the driveway of snow is a lot more rewarding if you own your home. If you’re tired of shoveling the snow in front of your rental, Gerstad Builders can help you get out of a rental and into your own home. For more information about our Richmond new homes, visit the Gerstad Builders website.

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Roger Gerstad is the president of Gerstad Builders, a family-owned and operated company committed to construction of homes of the highest quality known to the industry. Roger is a graduate of Bradley University and was educated in the field of construction through the wisdom and leadership of his father. Gerstad has developed the communities of Mill Creek, Waters Edge, Winding Creek, Deerwood, Chesapeake Hills, Abbey Ridge, The Trails of Winding Creek, Pebble Creek, Timber Trails, The Trails of Boone Creek, The Trails of River Oaks, The Towns of Boone Creek, Liberty Trails, and Abbey Ridge Townhomes in McHenry, Illinois as well as Pheasant Ridge in Richmond, Illinois, Bailey Estates in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and Dawson Creek in Poplar Grove, Illinois.

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