Snow Plowing - Snow Removal Fairfield, CT
The act of plowing by nature involves pushing a steel blade over the surface of the pavement to remove the bulk on newly fallen snow. Snow removal contractors will require installation of snow poles or snow stakes along the driveway or property. This is to keep equipment off the grass, away from the curbing bushes flowers and shrubbery and to help identify the perimeter of an area that needs to be kept clear.
Most snow removal / plowing companies will usually offer a few different ways of snow removal. Contractors may work on a per-time basis, full season contract, or will-call status. Per-time service (or per-push) and customers will be charged for each time services are provided. Some companies will charge per-time and per-inch where the depth of the snow is even taken into account. A full season contract is quoted and paid upfront at the start of the season and services will be provided automatically according to the contracted terms
Snow plowing and removal services may include driveway and parking lots, Walkway and decks and occasionally roof clearing for residential or commercial. Contractors use shovels, walk behind snow blowers, plows, skid-steers, light-weight tractors, and heavy front-end loaders. Snow may be pushed by plowing methods or blown to an area of the property by snow blowers or removed from the site upon request. Contracts may apply sand or salt in some locations to help melt ice accumulations; this is very effective, but not guaranteed when there is a drop well below freezing temps.
Snow Removal SAFETY / HEALTH CONCERNS
Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks, PULLED MUSCLES AND BACK INJURIES. Emergency rooms across the country gear up for extra cases when enough of the SNOW has fallen to force PEOPLE out of their homes armed with shovels or snow blowers.
What's the connection? Many people who shovel snow rarely exercise. Picking up a shovel and moving hundreds of pounds of snow, particularly after doing nothing physical for several months, can put a big strain on the heart, BACK AND MUSCLES. Pushing a heavy snow blower can do the same thing. Cold weather is another contributor because it can boost blood pressure, interrupt blood flow to part of the heart, and make blood more likely to form clots.
** Here are some tips for safe shoveling **
- Warm up your muscles before starting.
- Shovel many light loads instead of fewer heavy ones.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid eating a heavy meal 30 to 60 minutes before or after shoveling as that places an extra load on the heart
- Don't feel that you need to clear every speck of snow from your property.
- Head indoors right away if your chest starts hurting, you feel lightheaded or short of breath, your heart starts racing, or some other physical change makes you nervous. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency number.
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