Winter is FINALLY here and the flakes are flying! You have decided that there is enough snow in the forecast to warrant firing up the snow blower. I am all about working smarter, not harder! Why shovel when there is a snowblower to help you out!?
Weather you are a first time user of a snowblower or a seasoned veteran, here are some safety tips for when you are using your snowblower.
Safety First – Do NOT remove or disable any of the safety shields or devices off of the machine. They are put there for a reason! YOU SAFETY! Do not drink alcohol to take drugs before or during operating your snow blower. Don’t listen to music while snow blowing. You need to be aware of your surroundings and the combination of the noise of the snowblower and the music could distract you from your surroundings. Such as the big snow plow coming down the street.
What to wear – In addition to your typical cold weather gear, be sure to wear boots with good traction, sunglasses to keep the glare off your eyes and believe it or not, sunscreen! When the sun is out it is super reflective on all of the freshly fallen white snow. Great conditions to get a sun burn. Apply sunscreen.
Early and often – If a wet, heavy snowfall is in the forecast, consider taking several passes during the snowfall. Especially if the estimated amounts is greater than the height of your snowblower intake chute.
Work Quickly – By working at a quick pace there is less of a chance of the snow getting stuck and clogging your snowblower. The auger is more efficient when it has a lot of snow to throw.
Don’t unclog the chute with your hands. – Tun off the machine, wait 5 seconds for the machine to power down and then clean out the chute. Use a wooden stick or broom handle to remove the clog. Or perhaps you would want to have a chute clearing tool handy. This is the one we use.
Adding Fuel – Always add fuel to your machine after it has been turned off. Always add fuel to your machine outdoors.