Winter Safety Tips

If you must travel in the snow tomorrow, please keep in mind these tips for safe winter driving:

  • Clean your windows of snow /ice to ensure good visibility
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • Reduce your speed
  • Give the car in front of you plenty of room
  • Avoid abrupt acceleration or braking
  • Drive with your lights on
  • Avoid driving at night, whenever possible, drive only during daylight hours
  • Do not travel to unfamiliar areas in poor weather or darkness
  • Reduce blind spots; adjust your mirrors
  • Limit your time on the road
  • Use caution on bridges and overpasses, these usually freeze first and can be icy
  • Do not use cruise control on icy roads

Clear the Way Before You Clear the SnowSnowblower Safely -

Snowblowers and lawnmowers have made our lives considerably easier, however, these machines can cause severe damage to hands that find their way into the wrong place at the wrong time. The blades are very sharp and can cut through every structure in the hand with relative ease.

Because these injuries are difficult to treat and even more difficult to rehabilitate, the best option is to try to avoid them in the first place. Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones from getting hurt:

  • Never put your hand or fingers near the moving parts of the machine.
  • Turn off the machine and disconnect spark plug or unplug cord before attempting to remove any objects.
  • Remove objects with a tool, not your fingers. The blades of a snowblower still are under tension and will "spin" again once the obstructing object is removed!
  • Turn off the machine and disconnect spark plug or unplug cord before attempting to move or pick up the machine; the blades still are sharp enough to cut you even if they are not moving.
  • Wear non-slip, closed-toe shoes to prevent yourself from slipping and getting caught beneath a machine.
  • Do not allow children to be outside while the machine is running. Children should not use the machines.