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