Take This Snow and Shovel It — Safely
Posted 5:25 p.m. / Updated Jan. 23, 10:45 a.m.
It sure looks pretty, but the snow must be shoveled.
And we want you to be safe.
It may be very difficult to remove snow today with the high winds, so you may consider staying inside.
If you do venture out, here are some quick tips to keep in mind:
- Clear sidewalks in your neighborhood; team up and make a plan with neighbors.
- Every second counts, so please clear fire hydrants.
- If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call or text 9-1-1 right away.
- If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s OK.
- If you have a driveway, shovel to the right as you’re facing the road. Leave the last few feet at the curb until the storm is over and the street is plowed.
- Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are usually inactive. Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
- Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
- Avoid shoveling under snow-covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
- Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, especially in blizzard conditions.
Watch these videos for tips to save your back:
And the best way to shovel your driveway:
Best tip: get kids to help!
More information on our Take This Snow and Shovel It website.
We have many ways you can choose to stay informed during this blizzard:
- Snow Update Hub: Check out this page for continuous updates from key sources such as the county, National Weather Service, VDOT and many more.
- This Emergency Information Blog, which will feature status updates, safety tips and more.
- Follow us directly on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty
- If you’re on Facebook, we’ll post key updates on our page.
- Fairfax Alerts for important weather updates by email or text.
- More ways to stay informed