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Published on December 27th, 2013 | by Jeff Linderman

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How to prevent a snowblower accident






Longtime snowblower owners and novices alike should keep snowblower safety in mind.

Here’s how to use a snowblower safely:

  • Understand how your snowblower works.

  • Regularly inspect your snowblower for damage and replace worn and broken parts.
  • Wear protective eyewear and ear protection.
  • Use a snowblower enclosure to protect against propelled ice bits.
  • Never put your hands near the snowblower auger housing or chute, even after the motor has been shut off. Even though the temperatures are frigid, it takes a while for the engine to shut down.
  • Use a small shovel or the end of a broom used to clear snow and ice jams in the chute or auger.

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A non-stick spray will reduce jamming and may be used on any surface that comes into contact with the snow.

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  • Tuck pants into snow boots. Wear loose clothing.
  • Never adjust or remove the manufacturer safety features.
  • Regularly check tire air pressure and fill as needed.
  • Keep children and pets indoors.

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is RepairClinic.com’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.



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