Originally published January 29, 2019, updated February 8, 2021.
The Midwest is no stranger to arctic air masses this time of year, especially the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions. This type of weather system brings both bitter cold and wind chills that create dangerous conditions for those in its path. Do you know what to do to prepare for an arctic blast? Are you prepared to prevent frozen pipes in your buildings and structures?
Are you prepared for snow shoveling season? In the winter, snow and cold are inevitable. With that comes shoveling snow, salting sidewalks, clearing parking lots, and injuries related to these activities. Did you know that annually there are more than 11,500 people that suffer injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room, doctor’s offices, and clinics due to shoveling snow? Research shows that many of these injuries could be prevented if the person doing the shoveling did so in a safe manner.
To help protect you and your employees this winter, here are a few snow shoveling safety tips we recommend when performing outside winter maintenance: