RI Hospital, Hasbro Add Snow Safety and Helmet Program
Friday, January 07, 2011
- Parents should always inspect the sledding hill carefully, making sure it is smooth, not too steep, and have a long, clear run off at the end.
- Hills should be free of obstacles such as trees and rocks.
- Never sled towards a road or pond.
- Sleds that have some type of steering mechanism are safest. Never use a sled substitute, such as a cafeteria tray.
- Always slide feet first, one person at a time.
Danger of Snow Blowers
- If the snow blower jams, turn it off and disengage the clutch
- Wait five seconds after shutting machine off to allow blades to stop rotating
- Always use a stick, shovel or broom handle to clear impacted snow
- NEVER put your hand, foot, or any body part down the chute or around the blades
- Beware of the recoil of the motor and blades after the debris has been cleared
- Never leave a snow blower unattended while it is running.
- Never leave a snow blower running in an enclosed area, people can and have died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result
- If you have an electric snow blower, be aware of where the power cord is at all time.
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