Ah, winter has come and the snow has started. All across America, the familiar whine of snowblower motors mix with the screeches of scraping plows in the symphony of winter snow removal. So too, it is time for this friendly neighborhood safety reminder from hand surgeons across the snow belt.

Never attempt to unclog a snowblower with your hands, EVEN if the machine is turned OFF. Always use the snow clearing tool provided by the manufacturer.Failure to properly heed this advice has been associated with devastating hand injuries including the loss of fingers. 

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