There are a few simple Snowblower Safety Tips to remember that will help make the chore of blowing your snow a much safer task.
The first thing one should do is read the manual that came with the snowblower. It will help familiarize you with any special instructions your particular make and model has. Most of us may think there is nothing to it you just fill it up with gas, pull the cord and go. This sort of thinking will get you hurt.
Your manual will go over how to properly start your particular machine, what type of gas and oil it requires. This manual will also describe any added features the blower has to make clearing your snow easier. It is well worth the few minutes to read the manual from the start.
Once you have read the manual and familiarized yourself with your snowblower you will have to fill it up with gas. (or gas and oil mix if you have a 2 cycle snow blower) Make sure that you fill it up outdoors, not in your garage or shed. The fumes from the fuel can build up in enclosed areas. Do not smoke while filling up the tank any open flame or spark could cause an explosion.
When you go to actually start your blower make sure that you start it up outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Once you are out blowing snow don’t wear loose scarves, paints or jackets that can get caught in the augers of the blower. Also make sure that you wear appropriate warm clothing, remember that it’s not a fashion show.
Snowblower Safety Tips always warn what not to wear, keep in mind what type of winter clothes you should wear are just as important.
Make sure that you have warm boots gloves and footwear that will keep your body warm and prevent any cold weather issues such as frostbite. If it is windy while you’re blowing snow it is also advisable to wear protective eyewear, as snow can be blown back at you and your face, stinging your eyes.
When blowing snow the number one thing to remember and is just plain common sense is Do Not Aim snow at people or expensive property such as cars or glass windows.
If the snowblower clogs up turn off the engine (or unplug an electric blower) before trying to clear the obstruction. No matter how tempting it is never use your hands or feet to unclog your snowblower.
Many newer snowblowers come equipped with jam sticks that are designed to be used to clear clogged snow from the auger and impeller chutes. If your machine doesn’t have one use a cut off wooden broomstick.
Avoid touching or brushing up against the muffler after the snowblower has been running for any length of time as it gets extremely hot and can burn you or your clothing in a blink of an eye.
Make sure you know the area you are clearing, is there anywhere that the ground is uneven. Are there any man made obstacles that should be memorized such as slightly elevated water mains in driveways that will stop you cold in your tracks and damage the water main head.
Make sure there are no large rocks, sticks or other large hazards such as door mats that should be removed before the snowy season begins. Any of these items may be sucked in and clog your blower.
This has happened to me more than once and I have even sucked in a few newspapers that the paper boy was too lazy to put in the mailbox or between the door and just left in the middle of the driveway during a snow storm.