Snowblower / Snow Thrower Safety Canada

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Snow Thrower | Snow Blower | Snowblower Safety


The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that each year, approximately 5,740 hospital emergency room-related injuries are associated with snow blowers. These include more than 600 finger amputations and death due to several factors including getting caught in the machine.Snow Thrower | Blower Safety

Snow thrower manufacturers have done an impressive job at integrating safety features into their snow throwers, but the reality is, you're essentially dealing with exposed parts that can be sharp and are moving very fast. A snow thrower's only task is to grab and throw and it's not particular what it grabs or what it throws. It's up to the operator to operate the snow blower in a safe manner for their own personal safety as well as the safety of others.


Here are some of the safety tips you should be aware of before starting your snow thrower. Make sure to check any documentation that came with your snow blower for safety warnings regarding your particular unit and snow blowing in general:

  • Read the operator's / owner's manual and know the controls of your machine. Know how to control your snow thrower and be able to shut it off quickly in an emergency.
  • Don't disable your snow thrower's “operator presence control” system. The operator presence control is an important safety feature intended to stop the machine when the user lets go of the controls.
  • Never put your hands, feet, or any body part inside the snow thrower's chute for any reason. If the chute gets clogged with snow, slush or any other object turn it off, wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop and only then clear the chute with a long stick.
  • Don't operate you snow thrower if you are using medication, drugs or alcohol. You need to be alert for the safe operation of the machine.
  • Don't wear any kind of loose fitting cloths including scarfs, they can get caught in the machine and drag you into it.
  • Use extreme caution when clearing snow from mild slopes. Do not use a snow blower on steep slopes.
  • Keep people and pets away from the area where you are snow blowing.
  • Adjust the runners on the bottom of the snow blower (if available) to keep the augers from picking up loose driveway materials such as gravel or crushed rock.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear including safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • Be aware of traffic when operating near the end of your driveway or along sidewalks.
  • Be on the alert for unexpected objects such as rocks, firewood, dog bones etc. They may be covered in snow, so extra caution should be used.
  • When putting the machine in reverse gear, make sure to look down and behind you as you back up.
  • Don't use your snow thrower unless all the guards and safety features are in place and working properly.
  • Never operate a snow blower when visibility or lighting is poor
  • Disengage the auger when travelling between work areas.
  • Always turn off the engine and remove the key before leaving the unit unattended.
  • If you feel unusually substantial vibrations, stop the engine and let it cool down - remove the spark plug wire before inspecting the snow thrower. Your machine may be damaged and need repair.
  • When filling your snow blower with gasoline, remember to use an approved gas container and clean up any spills that may have occurred during fuelling. Don't smoke while fuelling or fuel near sparks, a hot engine or when the engine is running.

    Operating a snow blower can be safe and enjoyable if done with extreme caution. Make every season a safe one and enjoy your new machine!

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