Snow Blower Safety Tips

During times of heavy snowfall, snow blowers are essential for quick and easy snow removal. But, because snow blowers are heavy pieces of machinery outfitted with dangerous blades, they need to be treated with respect.

Most snow blower injuries—which commonly include severe cuts, broken bones or amputations—occur when operators try to dislodge debris or clogs. Thankfully, these serious injuries are easily avoidable when the proper safety etiquette is followed.

For example, you should never clear clogs with your hands or other limbs. Instead, use a solid object like a stick while the machine is turned off.

In addition, take care not to run over debris while using your snow blower, as it can become a dangerous projectile when flung from a snow blower’s exhaust chute. Check our recommendation for best snow blower in your budget.

Combining the above safety tips with an attentive operation is the key to safe and effective snow removal. For added safety, check that your snow blower is approved by the Canadian Standards Association.

Snow removal is essential to your driveways, walkways and sidewalks during the winter months.
Find out what you can do to prevent slips and falls on your property.

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Article Credits: http://www.csib.org/snow-blower-safety/

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