SafetyWatch: Blower safety

January 16, 2019 -  By

Blowers are useful for cleaning debris off of sidewalks and driveways after finishing landscape work. It’s important to know how to properly operate a blower before using it.

Before starting the blower, do the following:

  • Check the blower’s condition: Is there any damage that may affect its performance or safe operation?
  • Test the throttle trigger to make sure it’s in good working order.
  • Inspect for missing or worn guards.
  • Check fuel; make sure there’s enough for the job. It’s safer to refuel a cool engine, compared with a hot one.
  • Ensure that your fuel type is correct, whether it’s a gas/oil combination or straight gas. As you pour the fuel, make sure it’s the correct color.
  • After fueling, make sure the fuel cap is secured but not too tight.
  • If you have spilled fuel, clean it up and be sure to start the blower at least 6 feet away from the spill area.
  • When refueling, be sure to loosen the fuel cap slowly to relieve pressure in the fuel tank.

Before using the blower, follow these guidelines:

  • Always be considerate of bystanders and adjoining property owners. Never blow in the direction of people, pets, roads, vehicles or buildings.
  • When people approach, stop working until they pass.
  • Always be aware of who and what is around you. It’s easy to trip, bump or walk into something, including traffic.
  • Know and observe your local laws and regulations regarding power equipment. Your supervisor will explain the guidelines you have to follow.

Source: Greenius

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