MTD Helps Keep Homeowners Safe as Snow Clean-Up Season Approaches

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 General News
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CLEVELAND, Nov. 17 With the air quickly becoming brisker,residents in many parts of the country will soon be hearing the familiar revof snow thrower engines. However, each year there are approximately 5,740hospital emergency room-related injuries on average associated with snowthrowers(1). To keep families safe this year, MTD Products, a leader inpremium outdoor power equipment, is launching a campaign to promote snowthrower safety with maintenance and usage tips.

As part of its safety campaign, the company launched a Web site,SnowThrowerSafety.com, and is collaborating with Jason Cameron, televisionpersonality and home expert, to provide information to homeowners before thesnow thrower is used this winter.

"When the snow begins to fall, a snow thrower can be a lifesaver forhomeowners. However, MTD is reminding consumers that their snow throwers havemost likely not been used in many months, so there are several steps thatshould be taken to ensure safe operation this season. We at MTD have launcheda snow thrower safety campaign offering maintenance and safety informationthat is crucial to snow thrower users," said Brad Copley, MTD's Vice Presidentof Marketing. "As the leading provider of snow equipment, MTD is committed totaking the lead in educating consumers about the safe operation andmaintenance of snow throwers to ensure the safety of individuals using thistype of equipment."

Consumers are encouraged to visit SnowThrowerSafety.com for maintenanceand safety tips before operating their snow thrower for the first time thiswinter. Additionally, users should thoroughly read their operator's manual aswell as visit the manufacturer's and Consumer Product Safety Commission's Websites for important safety announcements prior to use of their snow throwerthis season.

"As a contractor, I frequently work with people who enjoy taking care oftheir homes themselves, and the biggest mistake I see people make is not beingaware of safety and maintenance procedures prior to engaging in a task," saidJason Cameron, television personality and home expert. "I'm proud to bepartnering with MTD on its snow thrower safety campaign so I can help prepareusers for a safe snow season."

Be SMART this Season

Staying safe this season begins with knowing how to properly update,maintain and use a snow thrower. To do this, users need to remember a fewsimple and SMART tips:

About MTD Products

For more than 50 years, MTD has been a leader in designing and buildingsafe, durable and easy-to-use outdoor power equipment. Our commitment is toprovide our customers with quality, dependability and value that they need andwant. Our family of brands offers award-winning products designed to meet lawnand garden needs for both residential and commercial markets. For additionalsnow thrower safety information, please visit snowthrowersafety.com.

Contact: Bree Richter-- SAFETY is paramount: This winter, take your operator's manual out of storage and review all of the safety tips. You can also visit SnowThrowerSafety.com for information on safety and maintenance. -- MAINTENANCE (PRE-SEASON) - Use fresh fuel - Replace your spark plug - Check your belts for fraying or cracking - Check all controls for proper operation -- AUGERS and fingers don't mix: Never place hands or fingers near a moving auger or impeller. Always shut off your engine before unclogging. Verify your auger fully engages and disengages. -- REPLACE worn or damaged parts. -- TAKE THE TIME to do it right: Follow all safety precautions, and keep your machine properly maintained.

SOURCE MTD Products


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