First and foremost snow removal starts with good gear. This means having the right type of boots, gloves and shovels. Often people which have been shoveling for a short amount of time will start to get blisters.
Shovels come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are designed specifically for different practices. Cheap plastics and wood may only be good a few times before they give way. Invest in something which will last a lifetime. Explore the concept of even getting a ergonomic shovel which is designed to take less strain off your back.
The idea is that the first line that you shovel across are the reference line that you always refer back to. Pile the snow high across the lender but not in one spot. If you decide to pile the snow in one place you will fatigue quickly from lifting the shovel full of snow to greater heights to reach the top of the pile.
If you run across ice at the base of where you are shoveling then use a sharp metal tool like a spade to split it. If there is a severe buildup then simply shovel over top of it.
There are numerous patterns which you can do if shoveling snow to effectively remove snow from a surface. If, for example, you were shoveling snow from a driveway you might wish to try shoveling a line straight down the center. This will prevent buildup of snow in your shovel as you shovel. If there is a whole lot of snow you may choose to create two lines down the center of the section thereby creating three sub-sections of snow to be removed.
This will assist in being able to push reasonable amounts of snow into the bank. Another technique to avoid spill off from your shovel as you are shoveling to angle your spade to 45 degrees. Consider the last time you saw a plow heading down a road. The idea with the angle is to effectively move the snow forward while prevent spill off. If you we are shoveling left to right the angle the driveway right to reduce melt to the left.
When lifting snow make sure to bend your knees. This will take the strain off your spine. You can even kick the foundation of the shovel before lifting to ensure a complete load. Pile many small piles then one big one. When you first begin your pile be sure to throw it deep as future additions are likely to fall back down to the region you’re attempting to keep clean.
Dressing appropriately is also significant. Make certain that you wear many layers. You will sweat when shoveling snow and also have the ability to peel off layers as necessary. Take regular breaks and don’t strain yourself. Drink loads of water. Although something warm like coffee or tea may be perfect in colder weather it can dehydrate you. Drinking hot chocolate might be a safe option.
Clearing sidewalks is a regulation is practically every town. In most cities and towns you are, by law, required to remove snow for public sidewalks. Good citizens often make a point of clearing older neighbor’s sidewalks and paths.