Winter Medical Advisory: Keep Your Hands Safe

When Mother Nature wreaks havoc with her snow,  snowblowers are the tool of the trade for many, while others stick to their trusty shovel and do it the old fashioned way.

According to a goverment safety agency, snowblowers cause hundreds of finger amputations every winter season. While newer models have better safety features, older ones don’t offer any protection to those who try to clear snow or debris from the blades.

Get out there and enjoy your snow cleanup but make sure to heed the following tips from the experts:

– Never put your hand down the chute or around the blades of a snowblower.

– Use a stick or broom handle to clear impacted snow.

– Keep all shields in place and keep hands and feet away from moving parts.

04. January 2011 by Chumie Drillick
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