How To Be Best Prepared For The 2017 Blizzard

The National Weather Service anticipates anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of snow starting Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Avoid going outdoors unless absolutely necessary. In the event that you must venture outside, please use extreme caution, dress warmly!

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

  • Fill up your gas tanks!
  • Have a flashlight ready and your cell phones charged!
  • Get some extra batteries
  • Have a first aid kit on stand by
  • Keep medications and medical items (hearing aids, glasses, contact lenses etc.) handy
  • Use some sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces, stoves or Thermacare packs

Stay Safe During A Winter Storm

  • Tune in to your local television and radio stations for updates
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather
  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing

After The Winter Storm

  • Choose the right shovel.
  • Warm up. Take about 10 minutes to get your blood pumping with some light exercise and stretch your muscles before you begin shoveling.
  • Plan to push snow—as opposed to lifting it, if possible.

If You Must Lift Snow, Use Proper Ergonomic Lifting Techniques:

  • Always face the snow you intend to remove, keep hips high and shoulders square.
  • Squat by bending your knees to get lower, and use your leg muscles, rather than your back, to lift.
  • Remove small amounts frequently, instead of large amounts all at once.
  • Keep one hand as close to the blade as comfortably possible, while placing the other hand on the handle.
  • Walk to a new location to deposit the snow (rather than reaching or tossing it).
  • If you must throw the snow, do not twist to do so. Rather, step in the direction that you want the snow to go to, keeping your feet facing where you are throwing.
  • Take breaks and stay hydrated!
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