The Craig Fahle Show

8 Things to Know Before Picking Up a Shovel

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Brian Birch, COO of the Snow and Ice Management Association, shares eight tips for staying safe when dealing with the monstrous amounts of snow ahead.

1: Stay on top of the snow

Clear the snow every few inches instead of waiting for the snow to stop falling before you head outdoors.

2: Wear breathable layers

Avoid wearing heavy wools, manmade materials or other materials that don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Better choices are cotton and silk.

3: Watch your feet

Good traction is critical to ensuring that you don't slip and fall.

4: Take a few minutes to stretch

Stretching before you start shoveling will help prevent injury and fatigue.

5: Push don't lift

Sounds like something a high school wrestling coach may say but if you push the snow to the side rather than trying to lift the snow to remove it, you exert less energy thereby placing less stress on your body.

6: Drink up!

SIMA recommends taking frequent breaks and staying hydrated. You should drink water as if you were enduring a tough workout at the gym or running five miles.

7: Don't play in traffic

Pay attention to the traffic since vehicles may not have good traction in the snow and ice.

8: Call and text

Have your cell phone on you so you can make a call in event of an emergency.