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3 Steps to the Perfect Snow Fort


Building a snow fort is one of the best parts of winter. If you're a child, you'll love the fact that the snow fort can shield you from your playmates' snowballs and prevent you from getting drenched in snow. If you're a parent, you'll appreciate the fact that snow forts — along with snowball fights — give you the chance to play around with your kids and build wonderful memories with them. 

If you're planning to construct a snow fort this winter, don't just get out and turn piles of snow into a haphazard shelter. Instead, follow these easy three DIY steps and get ready to build the ultimate shield against snowballs:

3 Steps to the Perfect Snow Fort

1. Determine how large your fort will be

The size of your snow fort depends on the amount of snow in the area. If there are several feet of snow available, you can plan to build a sturdy, four-walled structure with an intricate design. If you're stuck with just several inches of the white fluff, it's best to opt for one large wall with a couple of two-foot wings. 

Your snow fort's size also depends on the number of people on your team. Obviously, the more people you have, the bigger your fort should be. Don't forget to consider the height of team mates; your walls should be tall enough to provide cover to the tallest person yet still short enough to let the smallest person throw snowballs. 

Once you've decided on your fort's size, take out your snow shovel and outline the perimeter of your structure. This will serve as a guide when you start building your shelter.

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2. Choose the right materials

Experienced snow warriors know that moist snow — not the powdery ones — are the best materials for an excellent snow fort since they easily stick together and form into blocks. But, if powdery snow is all that's available, don't worry: you can still use them as long as you pick those that fallen near houses and plants. They're wetter than snow in other areas and will be easier to transform into bricks.

Of course, if you want to make your structure sturdier, you can  use a material known as pykrete. It's basically a mixture of ice and wood pulp and will render your snow fort strong, sturdy, and even bullet-proof! How's that for the ultimate snow fort

3. Construct your fort

Once you've found the right snow, start building your fort. Get a bucket, fill it with the white fluff, and put your “bricks” along the line that you've previously traced on the ground. If you're out of time, get a large cooler and use it to make big bricks that you can easily stack on each other. Fill any gaps between the bricks with packed snow.

After stacking your bricks, take more snow and arrange it on your outer walls. Using an ergonomic Bosse shovel,

make your outer walls slant slightly (while keeping your inner walls straight and perpendicular). Doing this is will make your fort sturdier and more durable. Once you're done, pour cold water on your structure and let it harden overnight.

Use these sites for added inspiration! 

WIRED How to Make an Indestructible Snow Fort - With Pykrete

Smithsonian's How To Make the Best Snowfort Ever

Buzz Feed's 33 Ways to Build A Snow Fort You'll Want to Move In To

7 Snow Shovel Safety Tips


Snow Shoveling is an excellent winter exercise.  It improves muscle tone, strengthens immune system, and maintains good cardiovascular and respiratory health. Despite these health benefits, approximately 28,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that happened while snow shoveling and related activities, according to the 2013 US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

There are many steps to prevent injuries without pushing your body too hard and putting your health and safety at risk. These include:

1. Performing warm-up exercises

One of the worst things you can do is to force your still-stiff muscles to work right away. So, before doing anything, perform exercises that will help you limber up your muscles and make your body ready for the day's snow shoveling tasks. Stretching is good, but you can also warm up by going through your normal day-to-day activities — like showering, making your bed, giving your dog a walk.

2. Practicing proper posture and body mechanics

For many people, poor posture and repetitive movements are some of the reasons why they feel tired and sore after snow shoveling. Fortunately, you can avoid this scenario by simply by practicing good body mechanics. Bend your knees instead of bending your back when lifting something. Keep your work close to your body instead of arching your back or overreaching your arms.  

Watch FOX10Phoenix and see Aaron and Stephan talk about how feeling tired after shoveling led them to create Bosse Tools:  

3. Wearing the appropriate protective equipment

Some people refuse to wear winterized coats and boots, but don't make the same mistake. Professionals put the equipment on all the time because they know that these will help them protect their health and safety. Gloves, for example, will safeguard your hands from cuts and wounds, while boots will protect you from slips and falls. 

4. Using the right snow shovel tools

Doing this can help you finish your tasks without using a lot of effort. Instead of using an old fashion snow shovel, for instance, you can complete the job using a ergonomic one. Click to read how reinvented Bosse Shovels  are easier to handle, and they won't put a lot of strain on your back.

5. Using adaptive tools when necessary

There are now lots of adaptive tools for snow shovels, if you find yourself having some mobility issues, you might want to take advantage of these innovations.  Read this story on students who build a snow blower for a man in a wheelchair.

6. Staying hydrated

Your body heats up when you tackle snow shoveling tasks, which means you'll still sweat buckets even when you work during winter. Because of this, you need to drink plenty of water, even when you don't feel thirsty. This way, you'll keep dehydration at bay and maintain good health.

7.  Taking breaks

Make sure you are taking breaks while snow shoveling.  Stand up strait, stretch, wiggle, fidget and touch your toes.  Ideally every 10-15 minutes.

To find more information on staying safe while snow shoveling read these sites we found helpful:

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