is closing in on us. In the Lincoln area we've been lucky
to have missed the large amounts of snow but the "big one"
could hit any time, so we must be prepared. If you haven't
already, dig out the shovel and snow blower and be ready for
common sense guidelines to keep in mind and follow when using
a shovel are:
for the occasion.
a lightweight shovel made of aluminum that has a Teflon
a shovel of modest size.
lifting the shovel, use the entire body, letting the back
and legs share the work.
keep working to the point of exhaustion.
accidents when using a snow thrower or blower by practicing
safety and observing the following precautions:
causes accidents, so review the operator's manual before
allow children to operate the machine and make sure adults
who operate the snowblower have proper instruction.
in contact with the turning blades inside the discharge
chute is the most common cause of injuries associated
occur most often when the discharge chute clogs with wet,
the engine before cleaning foreign objects or snow from
clothing and footwear are essential.
and use the "continuous operator," or deadman controls.
the area of any debris before you begin snow removal.
a route before you start.
clear snow up and down the face of slopes, not across
not exceed the snowblower's capacity.
off equipment before making repairs or mechanical adjustments.
gasoline with care.
off excess slush and lubricate the drive-train prior to
the key as a safeguard against unauthorized use. If the
system doesn't have a key ignition, remove the spark plug
wire from the plug.
about half of the accidents involving snow removal equipment
happen to first-time users or those using equipment for the
first time each winter.
failure due to over exertion is the most common and serious
problem associated with snow shoveling.
the "big one" will miss us but if not remember your health
and safety are most important. Happy snow removal.
more information, See "Snow