Tips to stay safe while shoveling snow

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – This slushy snow is dense and thick. It’s not like that light powdery stuff that the wind can blow over. That’s why 6 News is here for you with a few tips to keep in mind when clearing your driveway.

As much as Ray Dolinski doesn’t like shoveling, he knows getting it done early is better than waiting.

“As hard as it is now, it’s better than when it freezes,” said Ray Dolinski, Lansing resident.

But the most important thing to take into consideration when shoveling is being safe.

The National Safety Council advises people to follow these tips when clearing out driveways and sidewalks. Always push the snow rather than lifting it, use your knees and not your back, take breaks in between so you don’t get overworked and most importantly, take your time.

“I’m all done for the day, unless it snows.”

Shoveling safely has two-fold benefits as well.

“I wanted to make sure the mailman could get through and not fall and I also like to help the neighbors if they can’t get out of their house,” said Dawn Walker, Lansing resident.

For anyone who is handicapped or has medical conditions, there is a program called Snow Sergeants where volunteers help out the community by shoveling for those who can’t do it themselves. To request help, you can call 517-999-2760.

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