Winter is a beautiful season that everyone looks forward to because of the holidays and enjoying the winter magics. However, snow removal doesn’t fit into the idyllic picture of this time of the year. It’s the ‘harsh reality’ of every winter, and the truth is, people hate doing this. Fortunately, modern technologies are working in their favor.
We used to use snow removal shovels (here are some helpful tips on how to quickly remove snow with this tool); today, we have snow throwers. Snow removal is not an easy task. Research says that it burns a lot of calories because it activates a lot of muscles, but also that a lot of people get injured just by sweeping the snow from their yard.
By purchasing a snow thrower, your back and arms will be grateful. We couldn’t say that, even with this machine, snow removal will be a pleasure, but you’ll do the job much faster. With proper handling and adherence to safety regulations, quality snow thrower can serve you for years.
When it comes to safety issue, you should always think of yourself first. When removing the snow, it is logical you need warm clothes. You never know how long you’ll stay outside, so don’t risk getting sick. Footwear is as important as clothing, and it should be waterproof and slip-resistant. When cleaning the snow, being protected is a must; not being fashionable.
As for clothing, make sure things are not too loose. In addition to not keeping your body temperature well, there is a risk that the snow thrower will pull off some of your baggy clothes. You can get hurt badly.
It may not be part of the outfit, but you will definitely need it – hearing and eyewear protection. The snow thrower is pretty loud machinery. Covering the ears will protect you from hearing damage, and eyes from dirt and snow particles. Protection will keep your ears warm too. It is recommended that you wear these every time you use a snow thrower, even when clean and repair it.
Wait for Calm Weather
Devote to snow removal when there is no new precipitation and wind. When the forces of nature conspire against you, it is best to wait for calm weather. You would just waste time sweeping up while new snow deposits behind you.
While snowing, if the precipitation and wind are not too intense, you can start picking up all the unnecessary items from the yard. If they remain buried under the snow, the snow thrower can pass over and break them, or ‘suck’ them in. In addition to potential damage, a blower on the machine can eject these objects at high speed and cause injury to anyone.
If you check some snow thrower tests, you will see that these devices are made with special shear pins that prevent further machine breakdown if an object gets stuck in it. Still, that doesn’t mean you can run the machine over toys, rocks, tools, and anything else from your yard.
Prepare for Handling Machine
Although manufacturers offer electric or battery-powered models, most snow throwers use gas. Improper handling of this fuel can lead to carbon monoxide explosion or poisoning, so always start the machine out-of-door. In the case of models with electric power supply, take care of the cord and power source, and always wear protective rubber gloves.
Before going directly on the snow, check if snow thrower is correct and loaded with fuel. If there is a malfunction with your machine, it is best to repair it in an authorized service center. Only then you will be sure that the proper spare parts will be put into it.
While Snow Thrower Works
Although the snow thrower seems fun, this is a very delicate machine that requires careful handling. While driving it, don’t rush. In a hurry, you can leave some snow deposits uncleaned, and there is a chance that you may slip and injure yourself if you wear inappropriate footwear. If you have to refuel the gas, leave the snow thrower to cool down.
When you finish snow blowing, allow the machine to cool for a few minutes before cleaning. The same goes when something gets stuck inside the exit chute of the snow thrower. Clean the stuck stuff or packed snow with a clearing tool that comes with the machine, bar, shovel, or any kind of stick. Be sure that the machine is off while doing this.
Snow throwers are not toys. While they may seem fun, don’t let the kids wander around without your supervision. Make your machine operative before the winter season and check that everything on it works; in the event of a breakdown, it will be challenging to find a handyman or spare parts when you are covered with snow.