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What to know when removing snow: Amica offers safety tips

Man pushing a snow blower


LINCOLN, RI - With winter now in full swing, many people will rely on snow blowers to clear snow from driveways and sidewalks. But these machines can lead to injury or even death, so Amica Insurance is sharing tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), injuries most often occur when people use their hands to remove snow from the blower’s discharge chute. In some cases, people have died after getting caught in the machine, while others have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from running the blower in an enclosed space for too long.

That’s why Amica is sharing the following tips from the CPSC for the proper use of snow blowers:

• When removing wet snow or debris from the blower, turn off the engine and use a long stick to unclog it. Always keep hands and feet away from moving parts.
• Don’t run the machine in enclosed spaces.
• Make sure to only refuel the blower outdoors, and never add gasoline to a running or hot engine. Keep gas in a capped container, and store it outside the house and away from sources of ignition.
• If using an electric blower, always keep an eye on the power cord.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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