Whether it’s because that soft, fluffy snow pulled a treacherous stunt by hiding an obstacle, or ice sent you skidding and slipping – falling is always a hazard in winter. Not only is it dangerous to you, but to the people around you – your family, your neighbours – everyone with two feet and a high centre of gravity. This is especially true for those older people in our lives, who are much more susceptible to injuries from those falls. With the proper snow clearing techniques, you can keep your loved ones that much safer this winter season.
Snow Clearing Your Curbs
The metre before the curb is one of the most dangerous places for trips in the winter. Whether it’s hiding in the snow, or snow melt has glazed the gutter (or perhaps both) getting out of your car and up onto the sidewalk can be a perilous move. This problem is compounded by the fact that many people push snow off their sidewalk and onto the road, figuring the plow will get it later. But what usually happens is cars park on the mound of snow, making treacherous trenches that add to the difficulty of maneuvering that last metre to safety.
Infinity’s snow crew keeps that first metre clear when we’re shoveling, and we recommend others do it as well. When you know where the curb is, and how icy the gutter is, it will help you and your family navigate this step more effectively, keeping everyone upright, warm, and dry.
Snow Clearing Your Parking Spot
It’s easy to sweep off your car after a heavy snowfall and just leave it dumped there on your driveway – an outline of your car left behind in a mound. The problem comes when you return home, and you park right back in the outline, only to trip on those now frozen mounds of snow.
This is especially true when our ever- fluctuating Lethbridge temperature hovers around zero. Those these soft, fluffy mounds of snow can be become hard mounds of bumper-eating ice.
Snow Clearing Your Front Door
You’re just one step from your warm home and safety, but your mind’s probably already inside, focusing on dinner, tv, or just getting into that warmth again. But when that warm air flows out of your front door it’s going to melt the snow close-by, especially if the weather is mild. Add to the excess snow you stomp off your boots at your doorway, and you have a recipe for ice just centimetres from safety.
Doorways also often include steps or a ramp, which are easy to trip on at the best of times, so make sure to keep those doorways clear. Even a broom by the door can help you sweep wind blown, or tracked in snow so that it doesn’t become a tripping hazard.You probably don’t want to add too much salt or sand to avoid getting it in your home, but keeping containers full of a salt/sand mix right there will allow you to apply small amounts as needed.
Keeping you Safe From Winter’s Hazardous Conditions
Clearing snow is about more than just getting in and out of your driveway in the morning. Getting stuck in your driveway is annoying, but falling down and hitting your head on a curb is frightening, and we should take every precaution to make sure no one coming to our homes is liable to take that tumble.
At Infinity, we pride ourselves on keeping people safe through the winter, no matter when the snow falls, or how much of it comes down. Head to our website for a snow removal quote so you can feel safe and secure all winter long.