With Winter weather here, it’s important to know how to stay safe when shoveling snow. Here are ten tips to remember this season.

  1. Bridgeview snowplows will clear the streets when it snows, so take your car off the street.
  2. Dress for the weather when you go out to shovel your driveway or sidewalk.
  3. Beware of ice that you may not notice, especially outside your front door.
  4. Stay hydrated when shoveling, as it is a physically intense exercise.
  5. Don’t overwork your body. Take breaks and pay attention to how you feel.
  6. Bend at the knees, not your back, and lift with your legs bent. Stand with your feet hip-width apart for balance and keep the shovel close to your body.
  7. Don’t pick up too much snow at once. Use a smaller shovel or fill a large shovel no more than halfway.
  8. Be safe when operating machinery such as snow blowers. Stay away from sharp edges and ensure the equipment is off before clearing snow jams.
  9. Have your phone with you in case you need to call 911 for medical assistance.
  10. Help out your neighbors as best you can. Bridgeview’s community depends on residents helping residents in times of need.