If you’re living somewhere remote this winter (and consequently using one of our satellite phones), then there’s a good chance that you’ll have to deal with a good amount of snow. Of course, the extent of snowfall depends on where you are in the world, but it’s not uncommon for many folks to pull out the old snow shovel and get to work outside. That’s no surprise given that about 17.8 million square miles of the Earth’s surface is covered with snow every year according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center.
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Because our satellite phone buyers frequently tend to explore snowy, mountainous areas, Outfitter Satellite offers the following snow shoveling safety tips to help you avoid breaking your back. If you’re in search of the best selection of Iridium satellite phones and other brands like Thuraya and Inmarsat, you’re in the right place — view our buyer’s guide here.
Start With Smaller Loads Of Snow
Unless you’re dealing with light, fluffy, and powdery snow, it’s a good idea to shovel relatively small loads of snow. About half a shovel’s worth is what you should be aiming for.
Lift With Your Legs, Not Your Back
Not unlike lifting weights at the gym or helping your buddy move their furniture up three flights of stairs, you should make it a point to carefully bend your knees and with your legs, not your back. This is especially important if you’re prone to any back issues.
Many people tend to think that twisting their body from one direction to the other will make their snow shoveling efforts more efficient, and to an extent, they’re right. However, the spine can’t tolerate excessive and repetitive twisting motions very well. If you need to turn toward a different direction to deposit your shovel’s worth of snow elsewhere, manually turn using your feet rather than staying planted and twisting your body.
Take A Break
If it only snowed an inch and you’re just shoveling a small driveway and your walkway, then you can probably knock out all of your shoveling in one go. Now, when the skies open up from the snow heavens and you’re left with feet of snow to shovel — and counting — it’s smart to take a break at least here and there. Overexerting yourself is easy when there’s a constant amount of snow to shovel, or you have a one-track-mind and won’t stop until the job is complete.
Use A Snowblower
If you can afford to buy a snowblower (or it just makes sense given how much snowfall your area gets), this is the true way to remove snow with ease. Just remember not to use a snowblower in an enclosed space as there is a notable carbon monoxide risk.
Stay Safe This Winter With An Iridium Satellite Phone
Whether you’re looking for satellite phones for rent or satellite phones for sale, Outfitter Satellite has you covered to stay connected during your winter adventures. Contact our online satellite phone store to learn more.