Each year, hundreds of people suffer serious damage to their fingers or hands due to the improper handling of snowblowers. Most commonly, the tips of the fingers need to be amputated. The most dangerous condition for snowblower injuries is heavy, wet snow that has accumulated several inches. Stay safe this winter with these eight snowblower safety tips:
- Work at a brisk pace. The faster the blades and pace, the less likely the snow will stick.
- Snowblow your area multiple times during the snowfall.
- Some people spray the blades and chute with cooking oil spray. This may help.
- If your snowblower clogs, turn it off and disengage the clutch! Also…
- Wait five seconds after shutting the machine off to allow the impeller blades to stop rotating.
- Use a stick or broom handle to clear the impacted snow, not your hands.
- Never remove safety devices on your snowblower.
- Never use alcohol or narcotics before snowblowing.
Learn more about snowblower safety and read other hand safety tips at www.HandCare.org.