Snow blower and lawnmower accidents account for loss of fingers, toes, cuts, burns, crushed and broken bones. It is very important that the owners’ manual is read first before operating a snow blower. If you have any doubts, go back to the manual again to be sure!
Please operate the machine with care, and do not let a young person operate it unless they are very responsible and mature, and you are certain they can. Here are some tips to help ensure safety when operating a snow blower:
- Be sure that there are no children and pets in the area.
- Be sure the discharge chute is not aimed at passing motorists or pedestrians.
- Debris should be moved away from the area to be cleared, as it would be thrown farther than the snow.
- Never leave the snow blower running and unattended.
- Always be sure safety guides, shields, or switch guards are in place, and do not remove them.
- Keep hands and feet away from moving parts.
- Never put your hands into the discharge chute or augers to clear stuck snow and ice.
- Add fuel only when the engine is turned off and cooled down.
- Do not wear loose clothing, as it might become entangled in the moving parts of the machine.
- Wear protection for your hands, eyes and ears.
- Be sure you know how to turn off the machine quickly.