Safety With Snow Blowers

A snow blower can be a useful tool for removing snow quickly. But while often more convenient, they can also be more dangerous than shoveling. Be aware of the proper techniques of using a snow blower and read the user manual and pay attention to labels on the machine.
• Never stick your hands in the snow blower! If snow jams the snow blower, stop the engine and use a solid object to clear wet snow or debris from the chute. Beware of the brief recoil of motor and blades that occurs after the machine has been turned off.
• Do not leave the snow blower unattended when it is running.
• Add fuel before starting the snow blower. Never add fuel when the engine is running or hot.
• Stay away from the engine. It can become very hot and burn unprotected flesh.
• Watch the snow blower cord. Be aware of where the power cord is at all times.
It’s also important to keep ice clear from your sidewalks and driveways to prevent accidents.
Ice melt and all-purpose sand can add traction to these surfaces, plus ice chippers work well.