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Winter weather safety for outdoor home projects

Tackle your outdoor to-do list without sacrificing safety.

Man shovels snow with knees bent

During the winter months, both the ground and the roof can remain deceivingly slippery for weeks. Here are some tips on how to tackle your outdoor to-do list without sacrificing safety.

Outdoor safety tips

Dress for success. Before venturing outside, layer your clothing from head to toe to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. It's best to dress in three layers — a first layer that wicks moisture away from your body, an insulating layer that traps heat and a protection layer that stands up to the elements. If you get too warm, you can always shed a layer.

Navigate slippery surfaces. It's no surprise that winter precipitation can leave driveways and sidewalks slick, but sometimes a thin layer of ice is hard to spot. If you suspect slippery surfaces, wear flat footwear with good traction and walk slowly with your knees slightly bent.

Shovel smart. Snow removal is a good workout — 15 minutes of it counts as moderate physical activity — but too much too fast can take a toll on your body. Warm up first to boost your heart rate. Grab a small shovel and remember to bend with your knees, not your back. Get more shoveling pointers from the National Safety Council.

Climb with care. Whether you're removing snow from your roof, pruning trees or attempting any other outdoor activity involving a ladder, wait until the ground is dry, and be smart about ladder use. Better yet, hire a professional to complete these tasks.

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