Ice Auger Blade Covers - Please Use Them
I personally cut myself badly on an auger laying on the ice but stupidity was a large contributing factor to the accident. It was many years ago when I was dumber than I am now. A friend and I were fishing and drinking a lot. I was very drunk and somehow managed to fall off the pail I was sitting on and land on an auger with exposed blades. The tip of my thumb was sliced with the cut extending down and through the fingernail going almost halfway down the nail. There was a lot of blood. I wrapped the thumb in a bit of rag, put my chopper mitt back on and resumed fishing/drinking. The mitt got so blood soaked it was ruined. The thumb took a long time to heal.
So I can add don't get hammered while using dangerous equipment.
After you're long gone you've pretty much left a booby trap for somebody else who may be walking along. Especially if there's some fresh snow covering up that partial hole.
Personally I've never seen anybody trip over an auger. I have seen people trip over holes and kids step right into fully drilled holes.
No doubt though that a covered auger is much safer when not in use.
1) Set to Neutral or locked position when not in use so you don't bump trigger by accident
2) if you have kids around, just unplug battery when not in use as additional safety.