Snowblower Safety

When the snow piles up outside this winter, there are few things as convenient as a snowblower to remove it from your driveway or walkway. All that convenience, however, can be gone in an instant if you’re not safe when using these powerful machines.
Before you next start up your snowblower, here are some tips to consider:

  • When your blower is running, NEVER clear packed snow from the blades or chute by hand as the risk of severe fractures or even amputation is just too great.
  • Be completely prepared for the job before starting, including fuelling up when the engine is cool, wearing adequate clothing including eye protection for when the snow starts to fly, plus address anything that will cause you to leave the blower unattended during its use.
  • Always start the blower outside as combustion engines can create carbon monoxide buildup quickly. If using an extension chord to start the machine, use cords designed for outdoor use and keep them away from moving parts.
  • Some blower models can throw snow, plus rocks and anything else hidden in the snow, up to 30 feet so always be mindful where you’re aiming your chute.
  • Loose scarfs, jackets, pants, long hair, shoelaces, or drawstrings can all be easily pulled into the augers so make sure you have nothing hanging that can be caught in the blower’s moving parts.
  • Snowblowers with exposed engines and mufflers get extremely hot when in use, so keep away from coming in contact with these areas during and after use to avoid burning.
  • To keep children completely safe when you’re clearing your driveway, keep them inside! Once your snowblower is running, you may not be able to hear a child in your vicinity, and with one turn your child could suddenly be in your path and in serious danger.
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