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Be seen. Stay out of the way of snow plows.

Driving a 30-ton, loaded snowplow requires full attention and special driving skills. Driving behind or near a snowplow requires patience and some common sense. Following is a list of reasons why not to crowd the snow plow:

* Avoid a shower of road salt.

* Give peace of mind--Let the snowplow drivers concentrate on clearing the roadway and worry less about tailgaters.

* Improve visibility--Like other big trucks, snowplows have poor visibility on the sides and behind the vehicle. Remember that if you can't see the driver's side mirrors, he or she can't see you.

* Increased stopping distance--Maintaining at least three times the normal following distance gives you plenty of time to slow down

According to the 2009 US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 6,000 people were injured using snow blowers. Severe cuts and broken or crushed bones are often the injuries and actually two-thirds of the injuries involve fingers and commonly lead to finger amputations.

Injury Causes:

* Snow clogging the exit chute of the machine

* Not noticing that the impeller blades are still rotating even though the machine is off

* Attempts to clean the clogged chute with hands

* Hands connect with the rotating blades

If your snow blower jams:

* Turn it OFF!

* Disengage the clutch.

* Wait five seconds after shutting machine off to allow impeller blades to stop rotating.

* ALWAYS use a stick or broom handle to clear impacted snow.

* NEVER reach down the chute or around blades.

* Keep all shields in place.

* Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.

* DO NOT DRINK before using your snow blower!

Can the snow plow driver see you?

IT'S A SNOW PLOW.

IT'S HARD TO DRIVE.

IT'S BIGGER THAN YOU.

GET OUT OF ITS WAY.

Shoveling Snow--The most common injuries associated with snow shoveling include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders. You can minimize the risks by:

Choosing a good shovel

Look for one with a curved handle to minimize how much you have to bend.

Warming up

Walk & stretch before you begin.

Avoid twisting

Try to push snow instead of lifting and throwing it to the side.

Using your legs

If you must lift snow, lift with your legs and not your back.

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