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For the last couple winters, the Union Memorial Hospital Curtis National Hand Center has urged caution when using snow blowers as they sometimes see severe hand injuries that require amputation. The center's tips to prevent injury:
If your snowblower jams, turn it off.
Never put your hand down the chute or around the blades, disengage the clutch, wait five seconds after shutting machine off to allow impeller blades to stop rotating, always use a stick or broom handle to clear impacted snow and never use your hand and keep all shields in place. Do not remove the safety devices on the machine.
Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts. And keep a clear head, concentrate and do not drink before using your snowblower.
December 20, 2011