Snow Blowing: 6 Tips for Safe Use
Snow blowers are great at clearing snow quickly and efficiently, but using one requires following all safety tips.
Follow these 6 tips for staying safe while snow blowing:
1. Refer to Your Operator’s Manual – This is the true source for all safety information. Refer to it before operating equipment.
2. 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.
3. Read your operator’s manual – Reacquaint yourself with your machine and its proper use. Lost yours? Find it online.
4. 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!
5. Wear eye protection, boots with good traction and close-fitting clothing –Snow blowers, true to their name blow stuff around and it’s important to wear the right gear to protect yourself. Make sure you are dressed properly for the job and the weather.
6. Keep people and pets away while you work – Heavy ice and snow put through your snow blower is ejected at a high-speed. Keep everyone at a safe distance, or better yet, indoors while you snow blow.