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SNOW SAFETY

Freshly fallen snow can be beautiful. Not only is it fun to play in but it can also add an element of serenity to your home and landscape. Trees draped with white flakes make the perfect backdrop for a warm hot chocolate with the family while there is nothing like making snow angels or building a snow man in your back yard. However, whether you love snow or hate snow, or are somewhere in the middle, it is important to note that snow melts. That beautiful white stuff will eventually turn into slush and ice, which makes for a very slippery and dangerous combination.

Snow Removal Tips

Snow safety starts with removal. You may find that every time you get a fresh dump of snow, you spend your day outside shoveling it all away. You need to keep your driveway clear of snow in order to leave the house. You will also need to keep any walkways and pathways around your home clear of snow and ice. One way to do this is to use salt to eliminate the risk of ice and to keep your walkways from getting too slippery.

At the start of fall and before the first snowflakes have fallen, go down to your local hardware shop and purchase a heavy duty shovel. A high end shovel will make it much easier to shovel your driveway. You can also purchase heavy duty salt at any hardware shop. Keep these two items in your garage or in your shed – you will need them later on in the year.

Keeping Warm in the Cold

Another snow safety tip is to always invest in adequate footwear and clothing for the snow season. This means snow resistant boots that are built for this type of weather. Rubber boots can work but do not offer the warmth that comes from specially-designed snow boots.

In addition to snow boots, you should invest in window draft fixes and it is also important to pick up some heavy duty socks to keep your feet warm as well as high end snow gloves, especially if you are working outside. Additional snow-appropriate clothing include snow suits (especially for your children if they plan on playing outside), toques or ear muffs and neck warmers. If you are planning on spending a long time in the snow then you need to think about keeping warm in this extreme cold. Being too cold can lead to serious health complications such as pneumonia and frost bite, both of which require hospitalization and emergency care.

Another important thing to remember when it comes to snow safety is that you need to take extra caution on the roads. Even the best four wheel drive cannot handle snow in the same way it can handle other weather conditions. Gear down, slow down and stay safe on the roads when driving in snow, slush or icy conditions. Keep your distance from other drivers in case another car skids out of control and remain focused on the road. If you do slip on a patch of ice, take your foot off the accelerator and allow your car to glide back into control rather than pressing hard on the brake.

Snow and ice can make anything slippery, from pathways to handle bars which is why you need to slow down during the winter season. Leave a few extra minutes early to prepare for the slow drive to work and the slow walk up the path to your office. The key to dealing with snow, ice or slushy conditions is to stay in control which means taking your time and respecting snow safety rules and how dangerous these types of weather conditions can be.

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