Tips for snowblower safety
Safety Tip #1: Know your limitations.
Using a snowblower requires physical activity in often cold and sometimes inclemet weather. If you are unsure of your ability to operate the machinery you should consult with your doctor. Never operate your equipment while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Safety Tip #2: Know your equipment.
Accidents can happen when you are unfamiliar with the equipment you are operating. Even if you are familiar with your equipment it doesn't hurt to freshen up by re-reading the safety materials. You can find the parts manual and safety manual for most machines online. Never stick any part of your body into the machine, even if it is not running. Always be familiar with your equipment before you even start it up.
Safety Tip #3: Dress appropriately.
Loose clothing can be dangerous so don't wear objects that dangle such as scarfs or headphones because they can accidentally get caught in the machine. If it is cold remember to wear clothing that keeps you warm but stills allow for proper movement to operate the machine. Eye and ear protection are also very important to protect against flying debris and the noise of the machine.
Safety Tip #4: Be aware of your surroundings.
Rocks, sticks, and other debris can become a projectile damaging property and injuring people. Always make sure you know what is under the snow your are attempting to clear. For steep hills consider using alternate methods of snow removal. Using a snowblower in a place where you could lose your footing can be dangerous. Also be aware of small children and others within the vicinity of your work area.
Safety Tip #5: Maintain your equipment.
Snowblower safety can also depend on the condition of your machine. Damaged snowblowers are more likely to malfunction, causing greater risk of an accident or injury. It is always a good practice to thoroughly inspect the machine both before and after use.
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