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 removing snow on your own.

Learn about the dangers you could face when trying to remove snow by yourself in Grand Rapids, Cascade, Ada, and surrounding areas of Michigan.


Dangers 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 an undue strain on your body. Snow removal is a strenuous task even for those who are in fantastic shape. Some of the medical dangers associated with DIY snow removal include:

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

  • Heart Attacks: Since the act of removing snow takes a physical toll, it can cause 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 out in the snow long enough exposed to the freezing weather, then you may also increase your risk of sustaining a frostbite injury.
  • Back Injury: Injuring your back while shoveling snow is quite possible, with repeated lifting and tossing motions. A back injury can end up being debilitating.
  • Slip and Fall Injuries: You can also slip and fall while removing snow, and slip and fall injuries could range from a muscle strain all the way to a catastrophic 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.


You risk damaging your property or landscaping.

Improper use of snow shovels, snowblowers, and other machinery could lead to damages to the underlying sidewalk, driveway, or other hardscaped surfaces. If you lack experience in using a shovel, then you could end up scratching or scraping the area, which will look unsightly once the snow melts away in the spring.

You may also end up causing damage to your landscape beds that are by your sidewalks or entryways if the equipment gets away from you, which would destroy your investment in the landscaping.


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

In Grand Rapids, Cascade, Ada, 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.