Sunday’s column recognized mistakes that should be avoided during winter. Some were more appropriate for other locales that include selecting a snow shovel that will reduce stress on your spine. Stretching before shoveling is also suggested. Using an electric heater to thaw frozen pipes could lead to electrocution. Applying heat with a hair dryer from the faucet to the coldest section of the pipe is safer with better results. Cleaning gutters before freezing weather arrives prevents icicles that damage shingles and ultimate water damage. Firewood should be stored below 50 degrees to avoid bug infestation inside. Finally, the skin on your hands is thinner than other body parts. Wear gloves when the temperature drops and use lotions afterwards.