Keep Calm and Shovel On

Mother Nature sometimes delivers too much of the fluffy white stuff, which means we could be outside shoveling a lot. We want your family and neighbours to be safe while outside this winter, so we have a few simple tips to help you out.

Take Care of Your Body

Shoveling is exercise and warming up your body is important—take a lap around the block and stretch before you start. Don’t forget to dress in warm layers and wear supportive boots with a good grip.

Big Isn’t Always Better

Using a proper shovel can help make shoveling more manageable. The best ones to use have a small blade and an ergonomic handle with a gentle curve. Be mindful that some shovels are made for lifting snow, while others are used for pushing.

Be Kind to Your Neighbours

Property owners and occupants are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways on and around their property within a certain amount of time after a snowfall. Check your local bylaws for details for your community.

Think Ahead

Spring time might seem far off, but it’s important to think about the melt and be prepared for when it happens. Here are a few things you can do throughout the winter to help prevent or lessen the invasion of seeping water.

  • Stay on top of that snow. Keep it shoveled away from your foundation. If you have seepage problems, make a note to check the grade of your landscaping in the spring to ensure a good slope away from your foundation.
  • Clear your roof of snow. Try to clear at least three feet from the edges of your roof and from around the vents. Care must be taken when removing snow and ice so that shingles, vents and flashing aren’t damaged. If your home has excessive snow buildup, consider hiring a professional service to clear it.

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