How to Use Snowblower Safely

Zoryk’s Property Maintenance offers Ottawa snow removal from your driveways and large areas near your home. Also keep in mind that removing snow from sidewalks and patios is important for both visitors coming and pets going… outside instead of on your carpet. Zoryk’s has some some useful tips for operating your personal snowblower this winter in Ottawa.

Inspect the snowblower before the first flakes fall. Make sure it starts now, so you’ll be prepared when the snow hits. Change the oil. Install a new spark plug and inspect the belts to be sure they are in good working order. If you forgot to drain the fuel last winter before storing your snow blower, drain the tank now.

Use the right fuel. It’s important to have the proper fuel on hand, as gas stations may be closed if there is a power outage after a snowstorm. Store fuel properly and buy the type of fuel recommended by your equipment’s manufacturer. It is illegal to use any fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol content in outdoor power equipment.

Handle fuel carefully. Use non-spill containers with spouts. Fill up the fuel tank outside before you start the engine and while the engine is cold. Never add fuel to a running or hot engine. Store fuel in a clean, dry, ventilated area, and never near a pilot light, stove or heat source.

Clear the pathways you intend to use. Snow can sometimes hide objects that might clog the chute of a snow blower, or cause damage to the machine. Remove doormats and other debris from the pathways you intend to clear.

Dress properly for the job. Wear adequate winter garments and footwear that can handle slippery surfaces. Tie back long hair, wear safety glasses, and avoid loose fitting clothing that could get caught in moving parts. Operate your snow blower in visible conditions. Never operate the snow blower without good visibility or light.

Aim carefully. Avoid people, pets and cars. Don’t allow anyone to stand in front of the snow blower or aim at cars or other objects, which might obscure them. Use extreme caution on slopes and hills and don’t clear snow across the face of slopes. It may be tempting to try, but the risk of losing control of the machine due to it’s weight or imbalance, may cause serious damage to you or the blower itself.

Turn off your snow blower if you need to clear a clog or repair it. If you have to repair your machine, remove debris or unclog built up snow, always turn off your snow blower. Wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire or power cord. Never put your hands inside the auger or chute. Use a clean out tool (or stick) to unclog wet snow or debris from your snow blower. Your hands should never go inside the auger or chute.

Zoryk’s wants to keep you safe this Winter in Ottawa, and we hope these tips for snowblower safety will come in handy when you clear the snow from the smaller areas near your home.

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