December 7 2017

Burlington Fire Department Offers Safety Tips for Shoveling and Snow Blowing


The Burlington Fire Department has some advice for those people responsible for clearing walkways and sidewalks after a snowstorm.


“As the threat of severe winter weather creeps closer, Chief Steven Yetman and the Burlington Fire Department wish to offer residents some tips to remain safe while removing snow from around their homes,” a release from the department states.


Cold weather can make physical exertion more difficult, so residents should be mindful of their personal limits. The National Safety Council suggests the following tips to remain safe while shoveling snow this winter:


- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.


- Shovel slowly and stretch before beginning.


- Shovel snow when it’s fresh and is at its lightest.


- Push the snow rather than lifting it, and if you must lift it then keep loads light.


- Lift with your legs, not your back.


- Do not work to the point of exhaustion


The Burlington Fire Department also asks residents to remain cautious when using snow blowers, which can cause serious injury or death if used improperly. According to the National Safety Council, residents should:


- Turn off their snow blowers if it jams.


- Keep your hands away from moving parts, and never use your hands to clear the area around the blades.


- Do not use a snow blower after consuming alcohol.


- Do not run a snow blower in an enclosed space, due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.


- Never refuel a snow blower while the engine is running.


“Residents should also be mindful of the fact that their elderly neighbors are more at risk of suffering snow-related injuries and, if they are able, should offer to assist with snow removal,” the department says.


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