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Stay safe during severe storms and hurricanes with videos on assembling emergency kits, building storm shelters, and more.
You Will Need
- Warm clothes
- Two shovels: A plastic one and a metal one
- A can of non-stick spray
- And the discipline to pace yourself
- Salt, sand, or kitty litter
Do five to ten minutes of stretching exercises to warm up your muscles.
Dress warmly with multiple layers, a hat and scarf, gloves or mittens, and shoes or boots with nonskid soles.
Spray the shovels with cooking spray to keep snow from sticking.
Use the metal shovel to push snow out of the way. The goal is to push, not lift, as much as you can to avoid back strain.
Use the lighter, plastic shovel to scoop up small amounts of snow, just an inch or two at a time.
Step and dump
Take one step forward before dumping the snow.
Take breaks every 15 minutes, or sooner if needed.
If there are icy or slick patches, scatter salt to help melt them, or cover them with sand or kitty litter to help passersby—or yourself—get traction.
Reward yourself with some hot cocoa.