Dress For Safety

   It's winter out there - dress accordingly! It's important to protect yourself from the elements and to wear gear that is best suited for the job. Here are some tips that will help you stay warm, protected, and safe when you're out conquering the snow mountains at the end of your driveway!

  1. Wear boots that will keep your feet warm and dry and offer lots of traction. To stay in control of the snowthrower, you'll need to have a firm and solid footing at all times.

  2. Wear eye protection. Ideally you'll have a pair of goggles or safety glasses though even a pair of sunglasses are better than nothing. Little ice pellets whipped by the wind into your eyes can really smart. (Goggle Smart Tip: Use an amber or yellow lens for maximum definition and minimum "whiteout" during daylight snowblowing.)

  3. A warm jacket is a must. Hoods are a great extra to keep blowing snow out of the back of your jacket. Just be sure that the hood doesn't obscure your peripheral vision. On warmer days, you may want to dress in layers that will allow you to open up for airflow to avoid over-heating.

  4. Watch out for frostbite! Your cheeks, ears, and nose are prime candidates for frostbite so be sure to cover them up. A ski mask, low hat, high collar or combination can keep the snow and wind from whipping your face and ears. Learn the warning signs of frostbite and go inside periodically to avoid prolonged exposure to potentially dangerous cold.

  5. Keep your hands warm. You'll need your hands to maintain safe and proper control of the snowthrower so don't skimp on good gloves or mittens. Fingers are just as susceptible to frostbite as your nose or ears - keep them covered up. Whether you choose gloves or mittens, make sure that the fit is roomy enough to allow your hands the flexibility they'll need to operate the controls but not so bulky that the glove may get in the way.

  6. Don't dangle. Avoid loose clothing, open jackets, long scarves, or other clothing that could be accidentally drawn into the impeller of the snowthrower.

Practice safe dressing habits and your next snowblowing task will be one of comfort and safety!

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