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January 27, 2018

Snow throwers are capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects at great speeds.  Read the owner's manual carefully.

Protection for Children                          

  • DO NOT allow children in the area when a snow thrower is being operated.

  • DO NOT allow preteen children to operate a Snow Thrower.

  • DO NOT allow irresponsible people to operate the machine - allow a person to use the machine only if he/she exhibits mature judgment and then only after thorough instruction and under close supervision of an experienced operator

Preparation                               

  • Read the manual, get to know where all controls are located and practice how to use them before starting the machine for the first time and at the beginning of each season.Pay attention to warning decals on engine and snow thrower.

  • Wear appropriate winter protective clothes, including shoes or boots which will give you maximum footing on slippery surfaces.

  • Before the first snow fall, check the area to be cleared and remove all objects such as doormats, sticks, toys, wires, rocks, etc. which could be hurled or jam the snow thrower.

  • Survey the area to be cleared beforehand and plan where snow is to be thrown.Be prepared to release blower clutch or to change deflector quickly to discharge away from windows, cars, building, and doorways to avoid property damage or personal injury from hurled objects.

Handle fuel with care. 

  • Store only in an approved gasoline container.

  • Move machine out of doors where fumes can be safely dissipate before filling tank.

  • Never add fuel when engine is running.

  • Allow a cooling off period after stopping to avoid spilled fuel igniting on contact with hot engine parts.

Operational Precautions                          

  • Before staring, make visual check to make sure throwerhousing is clear and all guards and shields are in place and tight.

  • Warn everyone in advance to stay clear of area but keep especially watchful for children and pets darting into area while operating a snow thrower.

  • Start the engine only when exhaust fumes can dissipate into the air, allow brief warm-up period, practice operation of controls outside before putting the machine to work.

  • Should the thrower become clogged, release auger clutch control and, as an additional precaution, stop the engine before attempting to unclog the collector or discharge chute.

  • If you strike a hard object, stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire before inspecting for damage, and make sure that the spark plug wire does not accidently come back and touch the spark plug.

  • Stop the engine if unit starts to vibrate excessively as this normally indicates mechanical problems.Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent unintentional starting before servicing or repairing the machine.

  • Avoid clearing steep slopes and keep away from drop-off areas where footing is doubtful or where the machine could tip over.Clear snow across the face of slopes whenever possible.

  • Stop the engine and remove the key whenever you leave the unit unattended to eliminate the possibility of children or untrained adults attempting to operate the machine.

  • Release clutch control and make sure auger has stopped before rotating discharge chute, adjusting deflector, or placing hands near auger.

Adapted from Snapper Power Equipment

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