Safety Tips For Snowthrowers

Read your owner's manual thoroughly and understand all of the recommended safety procedures before turning on your snow thrower.

Never allow children to operate equipment.

Keep the area of operation clear of all people (particularly children) and pets.

Clear the area of doormats, sleds, boards, wires and other debris that can clog the chute.

Be careful never to throw snow toward people or cars, and never allow anyone in front of your snow thrower.

If you have to repair your machine, remove an object or unclog built-up snow from the auger blades or chute, always turn the snow thrower off and wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire, or for electric snow throwers, disconnect the cord.

Never put your hands inside the auger or chute; use a stick to unclog the snow thrower.

Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.

Dress properly for the job. Be sure to wear adequate winter garments and footwear that will improve footing on slippery surfaces. Wear safety glasses, and avoid any loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in moving parts. Be careful of long hair.

Handle gas carefully. Avoid spillage by using non-spill containers with spouts. Fill up before you start, while the engine is cold. Store gas in a clean, dry, ventilated area, and never near a pilot light, stove or heat source. Never smoke around gasoline.

Do not clear snow across the face of slopes. Use extreme caution when changing directions on slopes. Do not attempt to clear steep slopes.

Never operate the snow thrower without good visibility or light. Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm hold on the handles. Walk – never run.

Source: OPEI.org

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