Sidewalk, mailbox & fire hydrant need to be cleared

Monday’s snow was very light and easy to shovel out

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is working for you with a checklist of what needs to be shoveled around your home after a snowstorm, and tips to protect yourself.

Cleaning up a foot of snow can be a challenge for many of us. If you don’t have a snow blower, you and your shovel will be doing all the work.

You’ll want to make sure you don’t try to lift too much at once. Push the snow to the side, if you can, instead of lifting it, and stay well hydrated. Also, make sure you take frequent breaks while shoveling your driveway, and never throw the snow over your shoulder; that can strain your spine.

22News spoke to a plow truck driver earlier Monday night. He said no matter what you use to clean up, it’s best to break up the work and clear small amounts of snow at a time. “You know a lot of times people don’t plow until the storms over, but I maintain it because instead of doing 2 feet of it, I maintain 6 inches at a time and it helps,” Dan Diluzio of Chicopee said.

After you clear your sidewalks, take a look around your house. Make sure there’s a clear path to your mailbox, so you can get your mail delivered. More importantly, shovel out the fire hydrant near you home incase of a fire.

If you heat your home with oil, and you’re expecting a delivery soon, shovel out a path to your filler pipe, and clear snow from your home’s exhaust vent to prevent carbon monoxide build up.

Keep this in mind, carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer; you can’t see or smell the deadly gas. So it’s a good idea to test your CO detectors as well and make sure they’re working properly.

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