Snow removal is an unavoidable task in Minnesota – but it can be a dangerous one. Every winter, there are reports of people suffering injuries while shoveling or snowblowing. Since clearing snow from driveways, sidewalks and even roofs is part of life in Minneapolis, we wanted to share a few snowblower safety tips.
Every year, thousands of people people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to snowblower use. Most snowblower injuries occur when the operator tries to clear a snow or ice jam from the discharge chute while the machine is still running.
Follow these snowblower safety guidelines to keep yourself safe:
Wear protective eyewear
A snowblower will pick up rocks, chunks of ice and other objects off the ground while in use, and those objects will be launched from the chute like rockets – fast and with a lot of power behind them. Always consider the direction the discharge chute is pointed before you start blowing snow.
Keep kids and pets safe inside
In addition to the danger of airborne debris, a snowblower can create a cloud of snow that might hinder visibility.
Prevent a snow or ice jam
While some clogging may be inevitable, using a snowblower no-stick spray on areas that come into contact with snow will greatly reduce clogs.
Wait for augers to stop spinning
Snowblower augers will continue to spin for a while after the handle has been released, so don’t take any chances. And never place a hand or arm inside the discharge chute! Thick gloves will not prevent injury – use a small shovel or the end of a broom to clear snow and ice jams. The shields that come with a snowblower are an important safety feature, and they should be kept in place.
Take it outside
Never start a snowblower in an enclosed area. Always move it outside before you hit the start button. Exhaust from your snowblower is just like exhaust from your car. You wouldn’t run your car in a closed garage, would you?
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