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Seven Snow Blower Safety Tips from Security Specialists

With the winter holidays now upon us and travel schedules heating up, here are seven snow blower safety tips from Security Specialists. While snow blowers make removing snow a lot easier than shoveling,  following these safety precautions when operating a snow blower can help prevent serious injuries to you and other around you.

To make sure you stay safe this winter season, here are seven tips to operating your snow blower:

  1. Before You Start – Pick up any trash or debris on your driveway and/or walkways to prevent it from jamming the snow blower or launched from the impeller. Clean up before a storm hits, as newspapers, rocks, toys and other articles can be easily covered by snow, making them hard to see.
  2. Invest in Ear Protection – Gas-powered snow blowers make a lot of noise and can cause ear damage, so purchasing a good pair of noise-deadening earmuffs or plugs makes a lot of sense.
  3. Don’t Wear Loose Clothing – Baggy pant legs, dangling scarves, and other loose articles of clothing have the potential to get caught on a moving part of the snow blower, potentially pulling you in with it. Wear tight-fitting clothing and slip-resistant boots to reduce the risk of slipping.
  4. Start Your Snow Blower Outdoors – Gas-powered snow blowers should never be started or ran inside a garage or shed, even with the door open. As the exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide which is extremely dangerous. The build-up of carbon monoxide fumes can be deadly. Always run your gas-powered snow blower outside, away from any windows or doors.
  5. Keep Your Kids and Pets Far Away – Children and pets can be accidentally struck by small objects such as rocks that can be launched at high-speed from your snow blower. Always keep your kids and pets inside while you operate the machine
  6. Keep the Cord in Sight – When using electric snow blowers, be sure to use an extension cord that’s properly rated for your snowblower and be sure you have it plugged into a GFCI protected outlet with three prongs. Keep the cord away from the front-end where it could get pulled into the auger and always keep it behind you.
  7. Keep Your Hands Out of the Auger and Chute – Most importantly, never, ever, stick your hands near the auger or chute while it’s running. When your auger or chute become clogged with too much snow, or with unexpected debris, fully shut the engine off (unplug electric models), then use your clearing tool (often included with snow blowers) to break up the clog. Once the clog is cleared, you can plug in or start up your snow blower and resume operation.

We at Security Specialists Want You and Your Workers to Stay Safe this Winter Season!


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