Used Snowblower Hazards: Safety First Used Snowblower Hazards: Safety First

A used snowblower can present the same amount of hazards that a new one can. Every year there are more than 40,000 injuries directly related to the use of power snowblowers that include fractures, finger amputations and much more. Many of these situations occur when a user tries to dislodge impacted snow in a used blower that is stuck where the snow sucks into the machine and gets caught in the throw-off chute. Furthermore, if a used snowblower is tough to operate because the unit is sluggish or has improper tires, greater stress can be placed upon shoulders, wrists, legs and backs. Use these tips to keep yourself safe.

Step 1 – Check Out Machine

A used snowblower may be an exceptional bargain, but bargains don't necessarily keep a user safe. Always check out the used machine thoroughly before purchasing. Like any used piece of equipment, you need to make sure the moving parts operate effectively, move freely and perform the function they were meant to perform correctly. Check out the engine to make sure it is properly tuned with a clean fuel and air filter as well as a clean, effective spark plug. Read the owner’s manual for operating procedures to make sure you understand all features.

Step 2 – All Guards in Place

Before operating a used snowblower, make sure all the guards and safety shields are properly set and in place. Always use only approved accessories on your snowblower according to the manufacturer’s directions. It's a great idea to check the tightening hardware for all safety guards and shields prior to every operation. These can be easily loosened due to the normal vibrations that occur during operation.

Step 3 – Clear the Area

Make sure to clear the area from any removable objects, such as rocks, which could fly through the chute and possibly injure someone or damage something nearby. Don't allow children or others to stand nearby watching you operate a used snowblower. Always adjust the housing so it doesn't strike any rocks or curbed surface areas.

Step 4 – Proper Attire

Always wear proper attire when operating a snowblower. Wear protective eye goggles as well as gloves that allow you to create a firm grip on the handle. Keep your hands and feet away from any moving parts while operating the blower. Make sure you wear proper boots to give you excellent footing, so you don't slip or stumble.

Step 5 – Blower Adjustments

It is a wise move to turn the used snowblower off when needing to make adjustments to the machine during a single operating session. The snowblower's moving parts can cause great harm, so it's important that the machine is off while adjusting housing heights or chute angles.

Step 6 – Be Aware of Exhaust

Your used snowblower will expel carbon dioxide fumes. Never operate the machine in an enclosed area.

Always direct the snow away from any building.

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