Snow shoveling and removal methods and tools in the snowy region. The teachings of the Self-Defense Forces are helpful for both locals and not



How to tie a lifeline


I live in a residential district of Toyama City, and I can see over a meter of snow on the roofs of neighboring buildings.


The mountainous regions had more snow. Removing it from roofs must be an urgent task.


My wife’s birthplace is in Nanto City, a heavy snowfall area. Her father-in-law climbed onto the roof to remove the snow while his wife watched over him.


According to information from the Cabinet Office, falls from roofs are the most common accident during snow removal.


In similar situations, people have fallen while trying to throw snow into irrigation canals or snow-melting tanks.


Falls into snow-melting tanks often result in death because it takes time for some rescues to discover the victims.


To avoid any accident, you need to connect your body with a lifeline somewhere. But how can you prepare a lifeline if you don’t have the special tools?

All you need is a rope

According to the video posted by the Self-Defense Forces on YouTube, you only require one rope.


I wrote, “All you need is a rope,” but I have no rope at my house. This technique is only for people who have a rope.


The steps to make the rope a lifeline are as follows:

  1. Look for something that will securely hold your body in place.
  2. Tie the rope to something secure with a bowline knot
  3. Loosely tie the other end of the tied rope to your body.

The bowline knot is a way of tying a boat


When I interviewed a fisherman in Hokuroku, I remember seeing a fishing boat tied in a bowline knot to the canal’s embankment.

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The moored fishing boats made creaking noises as the water’s surface wave. The boats remain securely tied to the seawall with thick ropes. Since the knot does not unravel even when pulled by the water flow, its strength can be sufficient as a lifeline.



The Self-Defense Force LIFEHACK CHANNEL shows how to tie a bowline knot. If you have difficulty understanding the illustrations, referring to the video is helpful.

Need more attention when removing snow on sunny days

The Cabinet Office disseminates further information about removing snow from roofs and snow-melting tanks.

  • Work with two or more people (someone can immediately go to the rescue)
  • Have a cell phone (you can call for help)
  • Be especially careful when you start and finish working or when you feel tired (your concentration and attentiveness decrease)
  • Remove snow from the roof, leaving snow around the building (to make a cushion in case of your fall)
  • Wear a helmet and lifeline even if you are on a low-building
  • Be careful when removing snow on sunny days (the snow is loose)

Mai Nakajima, an editor, lives in a snowy area of Toyama. Her father went up to the roof during this heavy snowfall to clear the snow.


He told her, “If you remove all the snow, it will be more slippery. You should leave several centimeters of snow on the roof.”


The know-how of daily life is passed down orally between parents and children. It sounds highly suggestive.


(Deputy Editor’s Comment: This heavy snowfall seriously affected many people’s lives, but unimaginable communication occurs everywhere.


Strangers help each other out of stuck cars, and pedestrians greet each other on bumpy sidewalks.


This situation is called a disaster utopia. I felt like there was a small positive side to the heavy snowfall.


In the following article, Hokuroku will disseminate removing snow from a car roof. )

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