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November 03, 2011
Just the Idea of Blowing Snow ...
Snow Thrower
"Say it ain't so, Joe ... snow?"

Yep, it's that time again. Snow's coming (or already here), so select a snow thrower and then be kind to it — and yourself. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates each year there are approximately 5,700 emergency room visits related to injuries from snow throwers. Some safety reminders:
  • Understand your operator's manual before running the snow thrower. It's not the first time you've read this, but it's the most important tip of all.
  • For gasoline-powered units, add fuel to the tank (always outdoors) before starting the machine. Don't add gasoline to a running or hot engine; and never leave the machine running in an enclosed area.
  • Stay behind the handles. Keep your face, hands, feet and any other parts of your body or clothing away from moving/rotating snow thrower parts. Before leaving the operating position, stop the engine and wait for all moving parts to stop.
Doctor's advice   on snow removal from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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