Do not disable your snow blower’s operator presence control. Most snow blowers built since 1975 have an operator presence control (OPC) that causes the snow blower to stop when the user lets go of the controls.
Handle gas carefully. Avoid spillage by using non-spill containers with spouts. Fill up before you start, while the engine is cold.
Do not use a snow blower on steep slopes. Use extreme caution when clearing snow from mild slopes, especially when changing direction.
Never operate a snow blower without good visibility or light.
Read your owner’s manual thoroughly and understand all of the recommended safety procedures before using your snow blower.
Clear the area of doormats, sleds, boards, wires, and other debris that may be hidden by the snow. These objects could clog the chute, or otherwise cause damage.
Never put your hands inside the snow blower chute for any reason. If the chute becomes clogged with snow (or another object), turn it off, wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop and then clear the chute with a stick.
Never allow children to operate outdoor power equipment.
Keep the area of operation clear of children, pets, and all people.
Never allow anyone in front of your snow blower.
Avoid blowing snow toward people or cars.
Keep hands and feet away from all moving parts.
Dress properly for the job. Be sure to wear adequate winter clothing 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.
Never run, when using gas snow throwers. Only walk. Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm grip on the handles.