Using snow blowers safely

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– People all over the state are clearing out their driveways and sidewalks. Many with the help of snow blowers.

But all to often some, people aren’t using the machines safely.

When snow falls, business for some ratchets up.

“It’s fairly busy especially with the cold, cold weather that we’ve had recently,” said Dan LeBlanc, Paul’s Auto Repair.

Because to fight a winter storm, it doesn’t only take salt and sand, but oil.

“It’s our job to make sure that everything is moving nicely, so the next time we’re in there we can take it apart, “said LeBlanc.

Dan LeBlanc of Paul’s Auto Repair in East Hartford know this fact better than most, he repairs snow blowers professionally.

snow blower repairs

“It’ll actually pull moisture out of the air,” said LeBlanc, Paul’s Auto Repair

LeBlanc sees the toll Jack Frost can take on these machines.

One of the most common problems Dan says he runs into, surrounds the blades.

“Customer came in and he actually hit something in his driveway and broke one of his sheer pins,” said LeBlanc.

When dealing with the machines, it’s important to keep safety in mind. This time of year, all too often people put their hands inside the machine. To avoid that problem, use a small snow shovel to clean what you need and make sure the machine is entirely off.

“What they don’t realize is that underneath there is an impeller that’s spinning rather fast, and a lot of times it doesn’t stop spinning even though the auger is not engaged,” said LeBlanc.

The best piece of advice, if you don’t know how to fix something, find someone who does

“They end up doing more harm than good,” said LeBlanc.

A lesson to keep a snow blower and its owner safe.

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