FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – If you’re planning to use a snowblower this winter season, The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers a few safety tips for both you and your surrounding neighbors.
- Never put your hands inside the auger or chute. Use a tool or stick to unclog the snow or debris from your snowblower.
- Turn OFF your snowblower if you need to clear a clog. Wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop.
- Only use your snowblower in visible conditions. If you don’t have good visibility or light, it’s not safe to use it.
- Aim your snowblower carefully. Never throw snow toward people or cars, and never allow anyone to stand in front of your snowblower.
- Use extreme caution on slopes and hills.
- Know where your cord is to avoid tripping or running it over.
- Keep pets and children inside. The best way to keep them safe is to keep them away from the snowblower when it’s being used. Never allow them to play in the snow that’s being tossed out of the snowblower’s chute.
More safety tips and information can be found at www.opei.org.