Sorry, Kids - Snowthrowers Are For Adults!
Some kids love to help out when it comes to "exciting" chores like
snowblowing - a powerful machine carving neat pathways through the new-fallen snow, billowing clouds of
white powder, snowbanks growing right in the yard - it's understandable that they want to be involved!
Unfortunately, blowing snow is serious business that is better left to adults. Snowthrowers are not toys
and children should not be encouraged to operate a snowthrower until they are mature enough both
physically and mentally. Only you can be the judge of whether your child is capable of handling a
snowthrower or not but some basic rules are:
These rules can apply equally to children and inexperienced adults. Supervise new and inexperienced
operators until they become comfortable and confident with their ability to manage the task of
snowblowing. If you have doubts about your children's or others ability to operate the snowthrower
safely, don't risk it! Do the job yourself and keep everyone safe.
They need to be able to read and understand the Owner's Manual and Safety Guidelines, appreciate the risks involved, and know how to avoid unnecessary risk.
They should be instructed on the safety features of the snowthrower and know how to operate them.
They should be of sufficient size and weight to maintain control of the snowthrower in all situations and terrains without undue risk. They also must be able to reach and comfortably use all controls and features on the snowthrower including the discharge chute and the drive system.
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