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Snow Blower Safety Tips

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Snow blowers are a great convenience, but used improperly can result in serious injury.

Stay safe while snow blowing this winter with these tips!

Are you physically fit enough to use a snow blower?

While much easier than shoveling, using a snow blower can still be demanding and can put a significant strain on your back and heart. If you find snow blowing to be too physically strenuous, have limited mobility, or otherwise feel overwhelmed, it is strongly recommended to ask a family member, friend, or neighbor for help.

Have you picked the right shoes?

Slipping and falling is the second leading cause of injury while snow blowing. As you clear snow, the remaining layer may melt and become slippery. Before you go outside to fire up the snow blower, be sure to put on a good pair of boots with a good tread.

Don’t forget to bundle up!

It’s cold out there, so make sure to dress in layers so that you keep warm. It’s much safer to take your time than to try to rush through it and get back into the warm indoors! Layer up and wear clothing and coats that are warm yet easy to move around in. Make sure that your head (especially your ears) and hands are covered, and that you’re comfortable. The more comfortable you are, the less strain you are placing on your body.

Take your time

You probably want to clear your driveway, sidewalks, and paths as quickly as possible and get back inside, but it’s much safer to take your time and clear the snow at a steady, comfortable, pace. This reduces the chances of you becoming fatigued and / or suffering an injury.

Take breaks

If you feel that you need to take a break, step inside for a bit, you can always continue snow blowing later. When taking breaks, be sure turn your snow blower off, and that your break is long enough to adequately relax your muscles.

If your snow blower clogs, clear it the safe way

By far, the most common injuries are the result of attempting to clear a clogged snow blower. Always assume that the snow blower could turn on at any moment and never, ever, use your hands or feet to clear a clog.

Here are steps to safely clear a clog in your snow blower:
1. Turn the snow blower OFF!
2. Disengage the clutch.
3. Disconnect the spark plug wire.
4. Wait for the impeller blades to stop rotating.
5. Using the clearing tool or a stick, clear the impacted snow. NEVER use your hands or feet.
6. NEVER remove safety devices such as shields from the machine.

7. Keep your hands and feet away from all moving parts and never put them down the chutes or near the blades.

Take steps to prevent your snow blower from clogging

Nothing brings your snow removal plans to a screeching halt like a clog in your snow blower.

Avoid this aggravation entirely with these tips for preventing clogging:
1. Work at a brisk pace. This will prevent snow from sticking and clogging the machine.
2. Consider snow blowing several times during the snow fall, particularly if heavy, wet snow is predicted.

3. Spraying the blades and chute with cooking spray may prevent snow from sticking in the machine. This is a home remedy that many people swear by and may be worth a try.

We hope that you found these Snow Blower Safety Tips helpful! Now that your driveway, sidewalks, and paths are clear, take a moment to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or hot tea!

As always, should you have a need for any of our services, please do not hesitate to contact your local Disaster Blaster office! we’re happy to help!

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