The first good snow of the season is jut around the corner.   Are you ready?

Stock up on salt, find the shovel from the back of the shed, and dig the winter coat out.  It won’t be long until it will be time to brave the cold, bitter wind.

Keep in mind these tips for the soon to arrive snow:

-Laying down a layer of salt before the snow starts will usually take are of the first inch of snow and prevent it from bonding with the concrete

-Rock salt is damaging to grass, plants, and even concrete.  Use a concrete safe product such as magnesium chloride and avoid letting it bounce off into the grass and landscaping

-Use a snow shovel with an ergonomic handle to help avoid back injuries.  An alternative is a SnoCaster, which is a wheeled push style plow used for small areas such as sidewalks and driveways.

-Make sure to wear shoes that have lots of traction to avoid slip and falls

-Dress is layers.  Layers traps air between the layers which acts as additional insulation.  If the temperature is extremely low, cover as much skin as possible with gloves, scarfs, and face mask.  If you experience numbness or tingling, go inside and warm up.

-While out shoveling, think about checking in with elderly or disabled neighbors.  They are more susceptible to the cold, which can cause illness or even death.

Keep these tips in mind to make your snow battles a little easier and a lot safer.