Top 10 Snow Blower Safety Precautions

by Martin

in Snow blower news, Snow blower safety

The news that Michigan state senator Bert Johnson injured his fingers in a snow blower accident is a timely reminder of the dangers these wonderfully useful machines can pose.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, the senator’s injury occurred when he fell on to his snowblower, having been attacked by a dog. Clearly that was an unusual set of circumstances, but the effect (the injured fingers), rather than the cause (the dog) are what it is worth focusing on.

These, then, are our top 10 snow blower safety precautions.

  1. Keep your fingers (and hands and feet for that matter) clear of moving parts. Those parts are made of hard materials, they spin extremely fast and your fingers and other extremities don’t stand a chance. Keep them out of the way until the machine is stopped and switched off. Use a proper tool, not your fingers, to clear clogged augers.
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  3. Don’t wear loose clothing, including scarves, belts etc., that could get caught in the moving parts. The rest of you, or at least important parts of you, could get dragged in too.
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  5. Dress warmly. Wear enough, appropriate clothes to keep you protected whilst you’re working. In extreme conditions, protect your face from exposure.
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  7. Wear strong shoes or boots with good traction. These will help protect your feet from slipping and from any accidental contact with moving parts (see 1 above). Try these Wenger Yeti boots, for example.
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  9. Wear ear defenders. You may have survived Led Zeppelin gigs in the Seventies or even Nirvana in the nineties, but that is all the more reason to protect the precious hearing you’ve still got. These De-Walt ones would do the job.
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  11. Wear eye protectors / safety glasses. Unless you’re clearing something like a pristine lawn (and why would you?), all sorts of things could be under that snow.
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  13. Ensure your eye-wear doesn’t get fogged up. You need see where you’re going and what’s around you.
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  15. Before you start, check that moving parts like deflectors and chutes are not so loose that they may move unexpectedly when under load. If you, or somebody else, suddenly gets a face-full of snow, it won’t be much fun and could lead to all sorts of trouble.
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  17. Don’t add fuel to a hot engine. The risk of fire from splashes is extreme.
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  19. Know your machine Ensure you fully understand how to switch off your machine in an emergency and that you are aware of all it’s safety features. Tiresome as it is to do, read the manual.

So, kit yourself out properly* and keep your machine up to scratch and, barring the intervention of any dangerous dogs, you should be able to stay snow blower safe.

 

* Try  these for blowing snow in comfort:


Rockport Men’s Lux Lodge Fleece-Lined 12″ Boot


UA Extreme ColdGear Gloves Gloves by Under Armour


ZeroXposure Performance Active Men’s 3-in-1 Winter Jacket

Husky Image: Maggie Smith / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Jon

Great article! I couldn’t agree more with your safety check-list. I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming they can operate their snowblower without properly reading the owner’s manual and thoroughly understanding how the basics work. We always try to demo our products before selling to customers, allowing them to leave our store with confidence they will be able to safely operate their machine when on their own at home. When dealing with any power equipment and machine with fast-moving parts, its always better to be safe than sorry!

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