Have you read your owner’s manual? Review safe handling procedures. Know how
to operate the controls. If the manual cannot be found, look it up online, and
store a copy on your computer.
Have you checked your equipment since storing it? Make sure all equipment is
completely powered off when checking it over. If you forgot to drain the fuel
last winter before storing your snow thrower, empty the gas tank. Adjust any
cables and check the auger when the equipment is powered off.
Is the equipment where you can get to it easily? Move equipment to a
convenient and accessible location, so you can get to it quickly.
Have you purchased the right fuel? Be sure to use the correct fuel, as
recommended by your equipment's manufacturer. Fuel that is more than 30 days
old can phase separate and cause operating problems. Buy gasoline ahead of a
storm, as driving may be treacherous during storms and stations can be closed.
For more information on fueling properly see www.LookBeforeYouPump.com
Is gasoline being used safely? Before you start the engine, fill up the fuel
tank on your snow thrower while the engine is cold and outside your home or
garage. Never add fuel to a running or hot engine. Store the gasoline in a fuel
container and label with date purchased and the ethanol content. Make sure fuel
is stored safely and out of the reach of children.
Are batteries charged? If using a battery/electric-powered snow-thrower, make
sure batteries are fully charged, in case electricity goes out during a winter
Is the yard free of obstructions? Snow can hide objects. Doormats, hoses,
balls, toys, boards, wires, and other debris should be removed. When run over
by a snow thrower, these objects may harm the machine or people.
Are you dressed properly? Locate safety gear now, and place it in an
accessible closet or location. Plan to wear safety glasses, gloves and footwear
that can handle cold and slippery surfaces.
Is your clean out tool or stick ready? NEVER put your hands inside the auger or
chute. Use a clean out tool (or stick) to unclog snow or debris from your snow
Do you turn off your snow thrower if you need to clear a clog? Always turn
off the snow thrower and wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop
before clearing any clogs or debris.
Is your snow thrower operated only in visible conditions? Never operate the
snow thrower without good visibility or light.
Can you aim your snow thrower with care? Never throw snow toward people or
cars. Do not allow anyone to stand in front of your snow thrower.
Will you use extreme caution on slopes and hills? Do not attempt to clear
steep slopes and use caution when changing directions on slopes or
Do you know where your cord is? Use an extension cord that is
weather-resistant and designed for outdoor use. If using an electric-powered
snow thrower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times. Avoid tripping.
Do not run over the power cord.
Are pets and children inside while the snow thrower is operating? Kids and
pets may love to play in the white stuff, but it’s best to keep them inside
your home and supervised (by someone else) while a snow thrower is operating.
Do not allow them to play in the snow as it is tossed out of the chute.