If you are going to be using a snow blower this winter, it is important to make sure that you are following a specific set of procedures to ensure that your safety is always the first priority. This means that certain behaviors should be practiced, and certain behaviors need to be avoided at all costs. The first thing you should always do is to ensure that your snowblower is better than par when it comes to wear and tear. This means before you operate your snow blower you need to make sure that all of the moving parts are in working order, and are properly lubricated.
After ensuring that your parts are in full working order, make sure that the fluids are topped off, and that you have a specific amount (more than ¾) of gas in your tank. This is important because many times, owners try to be cost efficient and make sure they do not have too much fuel that sits and goes to waste during times of inactivity. However, this means that they are only running their blower on a quarter tank of gas most of the time. This fosters the growth of rust which can eventually clog fuel lines, and shorten the life of the snow blower. Also, you should make sure that you always keep the oil in the engine as fresh as possible to keep sludge from building up. Next, there are several rules which you should follow to make sure that you are always using your snow blower in the safest manner.
The number one rule to pay attention to is to make sure that you never consume alcohol when you are going to run a snow blower. This seems pretty self-explanatory, however, more often than not, accidents come from people who thought they could operate a snow blower while being under the influence of alcohol. Snow blowers are heavy pieces of equipment that are primarily operated during the most inclement weather situations. This makes the mere operation of snow blowers inherently dangerous. Another rule that should be practiced and followed by all homeowners is the wearing of safety goggles and gloves. Almost all models of snow blowers typically vibrate when you are operating them. This can promote hand fatigue, and as a result, the longer you use the snow blower, the more likely you are to lose control of the machine.
Also, there are a lot of people who claim that goggles or protective eyewear hinder their ability to run a snow blower because of fogging, and other problems. However, the alternative can be much worse. For example, those individuals who choose not to wear protective eyewear, run the risk of the snow blower propelling frozen projectiles into their eyes.
If you use protective eyewear you should always make sure that you are getting eyewear that isn’t skin tight. This promotes fogging, and a host of other problems that will make it difficult for you to see. Finally, always make sure that you operate your snowblower in the most well lit conditions. This means that if your visibility is down during the peak hours of a storm, then wait for the snow to settle before using your snow blower. Also, if you are going to use it, make sure that you don’t choose the early morning or the late afternoon, because these are times where the light is not optimal and you could easily run off course. Needless to say this can have detrimental effects. In conclusion, if you follow these few rules, you are on your way to operating a snow blower safely and productively.