Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Take frequent rest breaks and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Maintain an awareness of utilities when shoveling snow. Do not cover fire hydrants with snow when clearing sidewalks and driveways. Do not shovel snow into manholes. Be prepared. Buy a snow shovel before it snows.
Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance - elderly people and people with disabilities.
The Law Regarding Snow Removal from Sidewalks
According to Philadelphia code (10-720), "the owner, agent and tenants of any building or premise shall clear a path not less than 30 inches in width on all sidewalks abutting the building or premise within six hours after snow has ceased to fall. The path shall be thoroughly cleared of snow and ice. Where the width of any pavement measured from the property line to the curb is less than three feet, the path cleared maybe only 12 inches in width. When the building in question is a multifamily dwelling the owner or his agent shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of this section. Snow or ice removed from sidewalks, driveways, or other areas shall not be placed or piled in the street. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to the provisions and penalties set forth in 10-718 and 10-719."