The sound of the plow scraping its way down the road wakes you on a wintry morning. You prepare to dig out from last night’s snow, thankful for the snow blower in the garage. But while a snow blower or snow thrower can make quick work of clearing your driveway and sidewalk, it is not without its share of danger if used improperly. Here are some important snow blower safety considerations for the next storm.
Before the Storm
Before it snows, remove any objects from your driveway that might get damaged by the snow blower or might become projectiles if thrown by the blower, such as rocks. If your snow blower is gas-powered, make sure you have enough fuel. Store and transport all fuels in approved containers.
It is also a good idea to test your snow blower to ensure it is in good working order and to have replacement parts on hand, as they can be difficult to obtain in the middle of a winter storm. Only use proper replacement parts such as shear pins, for example, which are designed to break if the snow blower jams, thus preventing further damage to your machine.