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A Basic Guide For Snow Blower Safety

Investing in a snow blower is a smart idea if you live in an area that experiences a lot of snowfall during the winter. It makes clearing the snow out of your driveway and off of your walkway much easier and can help prevent potential injuries that are oven involved with snow shoveling.

However, that doesn’t mean that a snow blower is without its risks. If you don’t know how to operate a snow blower safely, you could end up hurting yourself.

The following are nine basic rules for using a snow blower properly:

  • Read the instruction manual – Don’t assume that the use of your snow blower is self-explanatory. Safety should always be your number one priority when operating any kind of equipment or tools, so read over the instruction manual in order to familiarize yourself with its features and with any specific safety hazards.
  • ¬†Never leave it on by itself – If you need to step away from the snow blower, even if it’s just for a minute, then make sure that you turn it off. It should never be left unattended while it’s running.
  • Keep kids away from the snow blower – Make sure that no kids handle the snow blower. The snow blower contains a lot of dangerous parts and can cause serious injuries when it’s turned on – or even right after it’s been turned off.
  • Add fuel before turning it on – When adding fuel to the snow blower, make sure that it’s turned off. You should also wait until the engine is cooled off as well. Avoid adding fuel in an enclosed area, such as your garage or shed. The engine fumes can cause problems.
  • Keep your hands away from the snow blower – If something is stuck in the snow blower or is jamming it, do not put your hand inside of it. Make sure that you turn the snow blower off and that you use a solid object of some kind in order to dislodge whatever it is that’s jamming the snow blower. Be sure to wait five seconds or more once you’ve turned the engine off before attempting this – and watch out for the recoil of the motor and the blades even after the snow blower has been turned off.
  • Keep your hands off the engine – The engine gets very hot when the snow blower is running. Don’t touch the engine while it’s on and be careful with where you touch the snow blower once you’ve turned it off.
  • Know how to use the pull-cord – In order to start up a snow blower that has a pull-cord, make sure that you hold the cord firmly and stand in a wide stance. Don’t force the cord if it won’t move freely. Trying to force the cord could cause an injury.
  • Keep an eye on the cord – If you’re using an electric snow blower, then you need to know where its cord is at all times. If it gets caught in the machine and is cut in two or it touches the engine and burns, then you could be shocked or electrocuted as a result.
  • Be careful with the recoil – As soon as you turn the snow blower off, the blades and motor will recoil briefly.

Follow these nine rules on how to operate your snow blower and you should have no trouble safely removing the snow from your walkway and driveway.

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