The Real Cost of Preparing for a Blizzard

By Alex McIntyre - 2012-01-12T17:40:29Z

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Safely Clearing Snow

Two years ago, residents of Washington, D.C. had a workout getting rid of some 70 inches of snowfall. Shoveling can be dangerous to one's health: A study at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Canada reported that 7 percent of people admitted to the hospital during the winter with heart problems started experiencing symptoms while shoveling.

$399: Toro Power Clear 18-in. Single-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower -- The Home Depot
$36: True Temper SnoBoss 26-in. Snow Shovel -- The Home Depot
$16: Ace 7-in. Sidewalk Ice Scraper -- Ace Hardware
$47: Garelick 16-ft. Aluminum Roof Rake -- Ace Hardware

Running Tally: $2,272