“….According to the most recent estimates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 590 finger amputations and 5,700 hospitalizations resulting from snow blowers each year, which mainly occur when people using the equipment fail to stop the engine before attempting to clear snow and debris from the machine…..”
CPSC offers the following safety tips for using snow throwers:
- Stop the engine and use a long stick to unclog wet snow and debris from the machine. Do not use your hands to unclog a snow thrower.
- Always keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.
- Never leave the machine running in an enclosed area.
- Add fuel to the tank outdoors before starting the machine; don’t add gasoline to a running or hot engine. Always keep the gasoline can capped, and store gasoline out of the house and away from ignition sources.
- If you have an electric-powered snow thrower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times.
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