Snowblower Safety Tips
Snowblowers are a major convenience when the snow comes, but they should be used with respect and care. Since 2003, over 9,000 Americans have lost a finger – or two – in snowblower accidents. And nearly 6,000 injure themselves each year when they’re snowblowing.
RepairClinic.com wants you to avoid being a snowblower statistic. So, we’ve put together some useful snowblower tips to keep you safe this winter:
- Unclog a Snowblower
This is the number one cause of snowblower ER trips. To help avoid clogs altogether, we suggest using a no-stick spray in any areas that come in contact with snow. But if you do get a snowblower jam, here’s the safe way to fix it:
- Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Don’t run your gas-powered snowblower while it’s in the garage or shed. Wait till you get it out on the driveway or sidewalk before starting it up. Even small gas engines emit carbon monoxide.
- Protect Your Hearing
Your snowblower will typically run at over 100 decibels (dB). To put that in perspective, a vacuum clean comes in at about 70 dB and a jackhammer is around 130 dB. Avoid potential hearing loss and use ear plugs or other hearing protection.
- Think About Your Clothes
No, you don’t have to be fashionable when clearing snow, but you do need to pay attention to what you’re wearing. Avoid loose pants, scarves or jackets – they can get tangled in the snowblower’s moving parts. Also, be sure to wear sturdy shoes with good traction. You definitely don’t want to slip and fall when using a snowblower!