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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Snow Blower Safety

It’s just the beginning of the snow season and we New Englanders must prepare to take on Old Man Winter. Here are some important things to remember when using a snow blower:
  • Turn it OFF!
  • Disengage clutch.
  • Wait five seconds after shutting machine off to allow impeller blades to stop rotating.
  • ALWAYS use a stick or broom handle to clear impacted snow.
  • NEVER put your hand down chute or around blades.
  • Keep all shields in place. DO NOT REMOVE the safety devices on the machine.
  • Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.
  • Keep a clear head, concentrate, and slow down.
  • DO NOT DRINK before using your snow blower!
According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, hundreds of people are maimed or have amputations of their finger or hands each year due to improperly handling snow blowers. Remember that snow blowers can be dangerous if not handled properly so take your time and play it safe.

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