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Snowblower Safety Tips

Snowblower Safety Tips

Snowblowers are potentially dangerous machines that need to be used carefully and with respect for their moving parts. Follow these snowblower safety tips from Briggs & Stratton to ensure you're snow removal goes safely and smoothly this season.

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  • Ironclad Performance Wear® Gore - Tex® Tundra® Gloves
    Blain # 531272
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  • AO Safety® Virtua Safety Glasses
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  • Carhartt® Brown Sandstone Active Quilted Flannel Lined Jac
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  • Carhartt® 8" Waterproof Boot
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  • Classic Accessories™ Snow Thrower Cover
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  • Classic Accessories™ Standard Snow Thrower Cab
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Instructions:

  1. Read your owner’s manual thoroughly and understand all of the recommended safety procedures before using your snowblower.
  2. Clear the area of doormats, sleds, boards, wires, and other debris that may be hidden by the snow. These objects could clog the chute, or otherwise cause damage.
  3. Never put your hands inside the snow blower chute for any reason. If the chute becomes clogged with snow (or another object), turn it off, wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop and then clear the chute with a stick.
  4. Keep the area of operation clear of children, pets, and all people. Never allow anyone in front of your snow blower and avoid blowing snow toward people or cars.
  5. Dress properly for the job. Be sure to wear adequate winter clothing and footwear that will improve footing on slippery surfaces. Wear safety glasses, and avoid any loose fitting clothing that could get caught in moving parts. Be careful of long hair.
  6. Never run, when using a snow blower. Only walk. Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm grip on the handles.
  7. Consider adding a Classic Accessories™ Standard Snow Thrower Cab to your snowblower. This will make sure that you are safe from the elements when you're out clearing the snow.
  8. Finally, cover your snowblower if it is left out to prevent damage to the equipment. Handle gas carefully. Avoid spillage by using non-spill containers with spouts. Fill up before you start, while the engine is cold.
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