Winter is here, bringing with it the beauty of snow-covered landscapes. But along with this seasonal splendor comes the responsibility of clearing snow from our sidewalks and driveways. At Symphony, we’re committed to ensuring our seniors can enjoy a safe winter, starting right at their doorstep. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of essential tips for safe snow shoveling.
Warm Up Before Heading Out
It’s crucial to prepare your body for the physical task ahead. Start by doing gentle exercises indoors to slowly increase blood flow and warm up the muscles and joints you’ll be using. This step is especially important for seniors, as it can significantly reduce the risk of injuries.
Dress in Layers
Layering is your best friend in cold weather. It helps maintain body heat at the start and allows you to remove layers to prevent overheating as you work. Don’t forget to wear waterproof boots with good traction to avoid slips and falls.
Take Frequent Breaks
Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity, so it’s important to take breaks every 20 minutes. Use this time to go inside, warm up, and rest before heading back out. This will help prevent overexertion and keep you safe.
Shovel Early and Often
If you’re expecting a heavy snowfall, don’t wait for the snow to pile up. Head out when the snow depth reaches about two inches. Shoveling smaller amounts more frequently is much easier on your body than trying to move large, heavy piles of snow.
Hydration is key, even in cold weather. Drink plenty of water before you start shoveling. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, as they can increase your heart rate and cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
Consider Hiring Help
Sometimes, the best option is to leave the shoveling to others. When the snow is deep, wet, or heavy, it might be safer to hire someone to do the job. This is particularly advisable for those with existing health concerns or mobility issues.
At Symphony, we prioritize the health and well-being of our seniors. Following these tips can make snow shoveling a safer activity. Remember, it’s not just about clearing snow; it’s about enjoying the winter season safely and healthily.
Stay warm and safe this winter!