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:
- 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.
Shut the snowblower engine off and wait for attachment blades to stop before you clear the auger or the discharge chute.
Here's where to find more about snowblower safety.