Safety First

Be careful when shoveling snow in extreme cold temperatures. Everyone should follow some basic guidelines before exerting themselves too much:

  • Drink water. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t dehydrate.
  • Pace yourself and take breaks.
  • Stop if you feel pain.
  • Dress in layers so you can remove a layer as needed.
  • Pick the right shovel. A smaller shovel can be a bit easier to maneuver since it carries less snow.
  • A shovel full of snow can be heavy, so lift so lift with your legs. Keep your feet hip width for balance and your shovel close to your body. Bend knees and avoid twisting movements. 

Useful Tips During Snow Removal

Whether you’re using a shovel, snow blower, or sidewalk salt, these are a few important things to keep in mind when clearing snow:

  • Remove snow and ice along all sidewalks adjacent to your property. Those walkways are your responsibility.
  • Move snow to your yard, grassy areas, or other areas that aren’t typical footpaths.
  • Clear snow from your driveway and sidewalk. Do not push snow into or across the street or block sidewalks. City Ordinance specifies snow cannot be piled in streets or any public right-of-way.
  • If you use a contractor to remove your snow, it is your responsibility to make the contractor aware of the rules.
  • Do not cover the crosswalks with snow.
  • Do not block alley entrances with snow.
  • Do not pile snow around fire hydrants.

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13133 East Arapahoe Road
Centennial, CO  80112

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