Snow Blower Safety Tips - How to Use a Snow Blower Safely

by:Jiali     2020-08-15
There are three essential stages of knowing how to use your snow blower. There is the preliminary stage, or checklist before starting to use the machine. There is then the knowledge you need to have about how to start the snow blower, and as importantly, the third stage is what you need to know in order to stop the snow blower.
These are stages that you need to prepare yourself, and acquaint yourself with the techniques of prior to using the machine. This is really important from a safety point of view as this knowledge needs to be with you prior to having to use it in any event where time or safety is an issue.
A checklist of things that you need to do before starting the machine is well worth having. It may well be that the owners manual that comes with the snow blower has a sort of to do checklist, and if it does is worth referring to it to make sure that you understand it and follow the directions contained therein.
If the owners manual does not contain a checklist, it is worth making one yourself and having its nearby the machine to remind you of the things you need to be aware of before starting the machine. This is a good idea especially if the snow blower is not used that often, or is likely to be used by other people other than yourself, and can act as a guide simply to jog your memory especially if you're in a rush or a hurry.
Knowing how to start your snow blower is obviously fairly important. Before starting you want to make sure that clutch is disengaged, and most snow blowers will have a clutch lever that you can switch to a sign that says disengaged. This is a similar principle to making sure that a car is in neutral before turning the engine on. It is a key safety factor when using any machine that has a clutch that can either be engaged or disengaged.
Once the clutch lever has been disengaged it should be safe to turn the machine on, and then follow the instructions in the engine operators manual about starting the machine up prior to use. Once you are happy that the machine is running safely, you can then switch the clutch lever to the engaged position on the snow blower and proceed to use as you feel appropriate.
Knowing how to stop your snow blower is also an important, and important to know before you start it. You do not want to be in a position where you have started the machine and are using it and do not know how to turn it off. It is a good idea to practice turning it on and then turning it off again a couple of times in order to familiarize yourself with the procedure and make sure you feel comfortable doing it in a safe environment before actually using the machine.
When turning the snow blower off you will want to switch the clutch lever to the disengaged sign and then switch the machine off. Again the engine operators manual should have clear and precise instructions that you need to follow in order to turn the machine off safely. Once the machine is off there are a number of things to be aware of from a safety and maintenance point of view.
Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of, is that even though the snow blower is switched off, there is still a buildup of energy in the auger that mean the blades can still move around at speed even though the machine is turned off. This is obviously a massive safety issue and one you need to be aware of both from your own safety point of view, and from the safety standpoint of anyone else nearby.
If you need to leave the snow blower unattended make sure you remove the keys from it, and make sure there is no one else in the area who might be tempted to play with it. If you have finished using the snow blower and are intending to put it back in its original place of storage, be aware of the safety issues concerning gasoline that need to be addressed in terms of storage. This primarily relates to the issue of gas or gasoline which is a highly flammable liquid, and needs to be stored in extremely careful and safe environments.
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