In Michigan, we are no strangers to the perils that snowy and icy weather can cause on the roads. Accidents can happen much more easily when the roads are slippery, and that also applies to anyone walking on a sidewalk, driveway, or other hard surfaces. Driving in snow can be dangerous, but so can trying to remove the snow on your own. 

Learn about the potential risks you could face when trying to remove snow by yourself in Walker, Wyoming, Grandville, and surrounding areas of Michigan.

Potential risks of removing snow on your own include heart attacks, frostbite, and many more.

Removing snow on your own, especially if you are not generally very active, can end up putting undue strain on your body. Snow removal is a strenuous task even for those who are in fantastic shape. Some of the potential risks associated with DIY snow removal include:

A blizzard on a residential street in East Grand Rapids, MI.

  • Heart Attacks: The act of removing snow takes a physical toll on the body, and it could cause someone who is in poor health to have a heart attack. You are moving hundreds of pounds of snow to clear off your driveway or sidewalk, and that adds up quickly.
  • Increased Heart Rate/Blood Pressure: Cold weather can increase your blood pressure and your heart rate, and can also increase the risk of blood clots forming or arteries constricting.
  • Frostbite: If you are exposed to the freezing weather for too long, or aren’t wearing the right clothes for proper protection, then you may also increase your risk of sustaining a frostbite injury.
  • Back Injury: Injuring your back while shoveling snow is quite possible since you are repeatedly lifting, twisting, and tossing heavy mounds of snow, especially if you are having to remove snow on a weekly or even daily basis.
  • Slip and Fall Injuries: Stepping on black ice or in a snow puddle could result in a serious slip and fall injury. These types of injuries could range from being a simple muscle strain to a potential spinal cord injury.

You can also injure yourself if you are inexperienced in operating a snowblower or other machinery, which could result in costly medical bills.

Don't want to risk removing snow on your own? Contact us for snow removal services.

In Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, and surrounding areas of Michigan, the team at Rose Landscape Services provides expert snow removal services for both residential and commercial properties. If you do not want to face the risk of removing snow on your own, then we can help. Contact us today at (616) 293-0361 to learn more about our snow removal services and to get on our schedule.