Shovel snow safely this winter

by mshoemaker

Category: Blog

Winter is here in full force in many areas, and with it comes fun and activities.  Whether you are in Big Bear or Tahoe, there is skiing and snowboarding outings in the mountains, fireplace-lit living rooms, homemade batches of soup… and shoveling snow.

Should you live somewhere in the mountains of California, Arizona, or Nevada, when snow storms hit and your driveway and walkways are covered with the cold white stuff, you might want to just stay inside. But if your work and personal commitments make that impossible, you’ll need to first dig out the snow shovel – or make sure it’s handy before the snow flies!


For many people across Big Bear, Tahoe and the Sierras, snow shoveling will be both a reality and a necessity this winter. At RDS Insurance Brokers, we want to ensure your efforts will get you on your way while also keeping you safe, so here are some snow-shoveling tips offered by the Boston Herald.

  • Warm-up! Never jump right into an activity. Start by cleaning off your car.
  • Place your hands a good distance apart on the shovel – it helps with leverage.
  • Never bend at your waist.
  • Push the snow when you can.
  • Scoop smaller loads of snow.
  • Use your legs, core and arms to help scoop and throw snow.
  • Always step in the direction you throw snow to avoid excessive twisting on your lower back.

If you come across ice, don’t forget to proceed cautiously.  Slipping and falling on ice is never fun.  Try adding a removable snow and ice traction device to your shoes.  It with help prevent slips and give you piece of mind.


If snow shoveling is on your winter task list, we at RDS Insurance Brokers wish you a clear sidewalk, a healthy body, and hopefully some fun in the snow.

2 Responses to “Shovel snow safely this winter”

  1. Morgan says:

    I completely agree about adding a traction device to your shoes. Yaktrax have been a lifesaver on black ice!!!

  2. Joan says:

    Good tips!

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