SUNDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Snowblowers are a great tool
for those who get lots of the white stuff, but while these machines
may leave your driveway clear, they can also leave your fingers in
a bandage -- or worse, experts warn.
A hand surgeon from Loyola University Health System in Chicago
says that snowblower accidents can severely injure hands and even
require finger amputations and extensive rehabilitation. "Every
winter, we get three or four cases," Dr. Randy Bindra said in a
university news release.
Nationwide, snowblowers are thought to result in hundreds of
finger amputations each year. Some may be the result of using older
snowblowers that lack a kill switch that turns the machine off if
the operator tries to clear snow or debris from the chute.
To help keep your fingers safe from harm, safety experts offer
the following tips:
- Never put your hands into a snowblower's chute or around its
- If the machine gets clogged with snow, use a stick or broom
handle to clear it, not your hands.
- Make sure snowblower shields are in place and don't let your
hands or feet get near any of the moving parts.
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