Snow Removal Tips

It's a known fact that you can never rely on the weather, especially during the winter. With the right tools and knowledge, you can be prepared and handle any type of winter weather.

Here are some of the best snow removal tips to help you this winter:

Don't Skimp on Safety

Snow and ice can create hazardous outdoor conditions. Always take consideration and safety precautions during winter to prevent injury. Always read your owner's manual before you operate any outdoor power equipment. It's important to keep walkways cleared and salted. Make sure to dress properly for outdoor weather conditions.

Be Prepared

Keep updated with the forecast and what's happening outside. If snow starts to fall quickly and sticks to the ground, try to keep up with snow removal as best you can. If snowfall is heavy and you come home to several cm of snow and ice, use a snow thrower like the Vortex' 28" Three-Stage Snow Thrower. This three-stage snow thrower is ideal to use in such conditions as it quickly breaks down snow and ice and removes it in less time than our two-stage models.

Shovel Smart

If you're using a shovel to clear snow, be careful of the movements you use to do so. Too much strain on your back or legs can leave you with pulled muscles or other physical aches after cleanup. Make sure you stretch first and when you can push the snow instead of lifting it. If you do have to lift the shovel make sure you keep your back straight and use your shoulder muscles, holding the shovel close. It's important to remember to keep hydrated and to rest frequently.

Know Your Surroundings

Snow can fall pretty quickly and make it difficult to see visibly while clearing your driveway. To help ensure your safety and keep you from running your snow thrower off your driveway or sidewalk, outline designated clearing areas with stakes and colored flags prior to snowfall. This will help guide you in the right direction while outside.

When using a snow thrower, don't throw snow into the street or in the direction of bystanders as it can throw small debris and can cause injury. Be mindful of where you are at all times and make sure the chute is pointed away from others.