Hartford Hospital offers tips for snowblower jams - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hartford Hospital offers tips for snowblower jams


Residents in Hartford and Tolland counties woke up to a big blanket of snow to dig out of with some residents reporting up to a foot.

The heavy wet snow proved to be too much for some snowblowers in Ellington Friday morning.

"I was getting excited," said Joyce Welch, who was clearing her snowblower off with a shingle and mop handle. "I bought my potting soil and everything like that."

Hartford Hospital offered the following tips when dealing with snowblower jams to help residents avoid serious injuries:

  • Turn it off.
  • Disengage 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 put your hand down chute or around blades.
  • Keep all shields in place. Do not remove the safety devices on the machine.
  • Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.
  • Keep a clear head, concentrate and do not drink before using your snowblower.

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