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Before You Blow It . . .

A little snowblower preparation can go a long way

SATURDAY, Dec. 28, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- A snowblower can be a great help in clearing all that snow from your sidewalk and driveway.

However, a snowblower can be dangerous if you don't follow recommended safety precautions. The Medical College of Wisconsin offers the following advice.

Before the first snowfall:

  • Check and clear the areas that you're going to clear with the snowblower. Remove large stones, sticks, toys and other objects.
  • Mark obstacles that can't be moved, such as water and gas shut-offs and driveway markers, so that you know where they are when they're covered with snow and can avoid running the snowblower over them.
  • Adjust the snowblower's housing height so there's sufficient clearance above gravel or rock surfaces.

During snow removal:

    Shut the snowblower engine off and wait for attachment blades to stop before you clear the auger or the discharge chute.

  • Disengage the attachment and stop the engine before you change the position of the deflector.
  • Don't use the snowblower to clear slope faces. That puts you at risk of tipping over the snowblower.

More information

Here's where to find more about snowblower safety.

SOURCE: Medical College of Wisconsin, news release, December 2002
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