Tips for safely using snow blowers

WTNH– A lot of people may be using snow blowers to clear off the snow on sidewalks and driveways. But people are often not using these machines safely and some have ended up getting injured.

Here are some tips to safely use a snow blower:

  •  Always make sure the machine is entirely off before cleaning it.
  •  Do not stick you hands inside the machine even once turned off.
  •  Use a long stick or a small shovel to unclog wet snow and debris.
  •  Keep feet away from all moving parts.
  •  Do not leave the machine running in an enclosed area.
  •  Do not add gasoline to a hot or running engine.
  •  If it is electric powered, be aware of where the the power cord is when using it.
  •  Clear the area of anything that may be hidden in the snow that can cause damage.
  •  Keep the area clear especially of children and pets when snow blowing.
  •  Never run when snow blowing, always only walk.

For more information, check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guide to snow blower safety.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s