November 03, 2011
Just the Idea of Blowing Snow ...
"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.
||on snow removal from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.