No Skidding: Keep Safe With Winter Cleaning Tools

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Winter in Canada is synonymous with extreme cold weather and snow – lots of it. For residential and business owners, it’s important to ensure that all areas are covered when it comes to winter safety and cleanliness. Twenty-five percent of  all serious injuries related to slips and trips happen in winter, but these accidents are preventable by making sure your walkways and pathways are clear of any snow or slush. This guideline on clearing pathways and these safety tips to prevent slips and falls can get you started on winter safety and preparedness program in your facility and at home.

There are many ways of dealing with snow cleanup during this season, and there are corresponding tools available to aid you in your snow removal tasks. Read on to know more about these handy and helpful snow cleaning tools for your winter cleanup activities:

Shovels

Shovels are your most basic snow removal tool and the most economical too. Before using one, you need to apply wax on the shovel to reduce friction as you scrape through the slush and snow. This keeps the ice from sticking to the shovel and makes it less heavy when working. Waxing also keeps the shovel from rusting, prolonging its life.

De-Icers and Ice Melters

De-icing is a preventative method wherein de-icers are applied on driving or walking surfaces before a snowfall to prevent hard ice from forming. Snow and ice can become compact and bond to a paved surface. A de-icer can be absorbed into the compact snow or ice, melt it, and break it up for easier shoveling.

Ice melters are used to dissolve existing ice and snow. Most of these are a blend of calcium, sodium, or magnesium chloride. Ice melters work by attracting moisture to itself to form a liquid brine. This solution generates heat which melts the ice.

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Spreaders are one of the most effective tools in melting snow. These are used to evenly distribute ice melt, rock salt, or grit for slippery icy spots and prevent waste. This snow removal tool can be handheld, feature wheels,  or can be attached to the back of a truck, so you can remove ice and snow faster in any scenario.

Snow Blowers

This powerful snow removal machine does a better and faster job of clearing snow and covers a larger area in little time. Before getting a snow blower. you need to make sure that there is:

  • an impeller to suck up snow and blow it out the chute. Cheaper ones don’t have these, so they don’t discharge snow and ice properly.
  • an electric starter, to lessen aggravation
  • a powerful engine
  • self-propulsion. Pushing a snow-blower through the ice is inefficient – it takes more time and uses up more energy.

When used correctly, a snow blower puts lesser stress on your lower back compared to shoveling.

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Ice Scrapers

This is a old-fashioned but handy way to clear snow and ice from your sidewalks and walkways. It works by chipping at the ice until they break apart. Another type is used to remove snow and ice off your vehicle. This type lets you easily push heavy, wet snow off the roof, hood, windshield and trunk of your car making cleaning easy work for this season.

Snow Cutters

Snow on your roof puts added weight which can lead to roof damages. This tool removes snow or ice from your roof in sections. This is safer and faster to use compared to shoveling, and you don’t have to climb onto your roof to shovel off snow.

Snow removal is no fun when you need to work in freezing temperature. But proper technique and good quality equipment help make this chore more bearable and less intimidating. Do it yourself and save up on cleaning fees that may add up with the long winter season and endless snowfall. Use these tools to help protect structures from damage, provides more mobility, and make traveling safer and easier. And finally, say goodbye to nasty slips and trips this winter!

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