Snow Removal Safety Tips

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 02/15 2014 05:53PM

Updated 02/15 2014 08:05PM


We all know how to stay safe during the storm, but what about after?

Here's a look at what you should be aware of when it comes to snow removal safety.

“I didn't dare come out yesterday,” said Jolene LeClair of Winooski, VT. “The sidewalks didn't look very clear. But today, they did a really good job of cleaning up. There are some slick spots. Everybody's out shoveling and snowblowing. So snow piles up in those places but not too bad."

And if you're one of those people scooping snow as quickly as possible, pace yourself.

“Be careful. Be mindful of the workload that you're doing,” said Burlington Fire Marshal Barry Simays. “Shoveling snow isn't easy, even for younger individuals and especially if you're older. In a lot of cases it's a better workout that running."

But while you're at it, be sure to clear around your car. Too much snow behind your muffler can block the pipes.

"If the muffler or exhaust pipe are encased in snow, There is the potential for the exhaust to back up and into the car. The last thing you want to be doing is sitting in a car with that gas backing up,” said Simays.

As for the roads, crews were up very early Saturday morning clearing them. While the roads may be plowed, the next step is clearing those big piles you may find on corners, piles that could affect your visibility.

“While we're plowing the snow, we have to put it somewhere,” said Peter Wernsdorfer, Winooski Public Works Director. “So our main point to stress at that point is moving around snow plows because you're not going to outrun the plow."

The benefit with this storm is it's a holiday weekend. There’s plenty of time before Tuesday's commute.

“The good news is we don't have freezing conditions like we did last time. We had that massive ice and everybody got hammered. So we're pretty much ahead of the game right now,” said Wernsdorfer.

If you're shoveling and experience cardiac or respiratory issues, call 911 immediately.

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