STATEWIDE – Maine is snow blower country and according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, snow blowers cause more than 5,000 serious injuries each year.
Many of those injuries can be prevented by following proper safety procedures.
Doctors with Cleveland Clinic said that most injuries occur to the hands when people stick their hands inside the blowers to remove clogged snow.
Even when the motor is off, doing that is dangerous and can lead to cuts and lacerations — even amputations.
Fortunately, newer snow blower models have safety mechanisms that require users to have their hands on the controls at all times to make the machine function.
Additionally, new snow blowers are required to come with a stick on the front, specifically for clearing snow that has become clogged.