‘Here at Goodfellas Enterprises, LLC we promote safety in all aspects of winter storms.’
The big storm came, with a broad swath of deep snow and whiteout conditions all over Nebraska and Iowa. In some areas, records were broken.
With big snow comes health and safety challenges for Goodfellas Enterprises LLC workers, property owners and the public who all have a role to play to dig out and get moving again. A simple web search provides some useful tips on safe snow shoveling, as well as some very scary stories showing that every winter storm there are often fatalities linked to overexertion and heart attacks.
Here at Goodfellas Enterprises LLC we promote safety in all aspects of winter storms. Be realistic in the amount of time and energy it takes to shovel out from these big storm. Use these tips and forward them on to your family and friends:
TIP #1: Stay on top of the snow. We aren’t suggesting that you make snow angels but when there’s heavy snow, the best advice is to stay ahead of the storm. Goodfellas recommends that you clear the snow every few inches instead of waiting for the snow to stop falling.
TIP #2: Layer it up. Wear loose layers of clothing so you can peal a layer off if you get hot. Avoid wearing wool or man made material because they don’t allow perspiration to evaporate–better choices are cotton and silk. And when it comes to footwear, waterproof boots with good traction will help ensure that you don’t slip and fall. They aren’t pretty but they are critical to preventing a fall.
TIP #3: Push, don’t lift. Sounds like something a high school wrestling coach might say, but if you push the snow to the side rather than trying to lift the snow, you exert less energy, thereby placing less stress on your body.
TIP #4: Do an exercise warm-up. Although you aren’t running a marathon, shoveling snow is exercise. So warm up before you start with some simple stretches that engage your entire body–especially your arms, legs and back. Drink plenty of water and take breaks when you need them.
TIP #5: Call and text. We’re not suggesting that you make calls and text while shoveling snow, but it is important to have your cell phone on you so you can make a call in event of an emergency.
Good luck and stay safe and warm!