January 06

Snowblower Safety Tips

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The winter months have arrived and – especially in some parts of the country – plenty of snow has arrived with them. This means that it’s time to bring out those snowblowers and start the snow removal process. While the snowblower is an extremely helpful tool, it also poses some serious safety hazards if not handled properly. Here are some safety tips to help reduce the chances of these hazards taking place.

It’s important to always wear the proper gear when operating a snowblower. Non-slip boots should be worn for improved traction, along with goggles and earbuds to avoid damaging eyes and ears. Jackets and gloves should be worn to protect from the cold weather conditions. Scarves or hoods with strings attached should NEVER be worn, as these low-hanging items can easily get caught on handles, or even stuck in the impeller blades. If you must wear them, be sure that loose ends are securely tucked-in and out of harm’s way.

Prior to using the snowblower, make sure to read the instruction manual and make sure that everyone using the machine knows how to use it. During use, make sure to keep clear of the discharge opening and keep bystanders at a safe distance from the machine. Chunks of ice and gravel can be thrown out at high speed, and can be very dangerous, even lethal. Keep hands and feet away from the moving components on the machine and never operate the machine without all guards and other safety devices in place and working.

If the snowblower jams:

  • Turn off the machine!
  • Disengage the clutch.
  • Wait at least five seconds after shutting the machine off to allow blaces to completely stop rotating
  • If you need to clear impacted snow, always use a stick or a broom handle…NEVER use your hands for this.
  • Keep a clear head and maintain your concentration. Having a conversation with a neighbor while operating a snow blower can be a recipe for disaster.

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These guidelines can help landscapers and other users to mitigate the risks that are inherent with operating a snowblower in cold, snowy conditions.

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