5 quick steps to snow blower safety
In some areas of the U.S. you may not have had the chance to use your snow blower much, but that can change in a blink of an eye. If you haven’t used your snow blower yet this season, you may need a refresher on how to use it safely.
5 Snow Blower Safety Tips
- Clear the area of tools, toys, etc. BEFORE the snow gets deep – That forgotten newspaper or snowed-over sled could be harmful to both you and your equipment.
- Read your operator’s manual – Reacquaint yourself with your machine and its proper use. Lost yours? Find it online.
- Learn the proper way to clear a clog – Turn off the engine, wait for the impeller blade to completely stop and use a clearing tool. If your snow blower didn’t come with one, use a heavy wooden dowel or piece of wood. Do not use your hands! Do not use your feet!
- Wear earplugs, eye protection, boots with grippy soles and close-fitting clothing – Snow blowers, true to their name blow stuff around, ice is slippery and that long scarf your grandma knit you for Christmas can easily get caught in wheels and machinery. Make sure you are dressed properly for the job.
- Keep people and pets away while you work – Heavy ice and snow that is put through your snow blower is ejected at a high-speed. Make sure the area is clear of people or pets before you get started so no one is injured by flying projectiles. (see first tip).
Like all outdoor power equipment, safety is paramount with use of a snow blower. Taking precautions and learning the proper way to run your snow blower is just common sense. Armed with this knowledge, you’re sure to take care of snow removal in a safe, efficient way and you might even have a little fun. Happy snow blowing