Most people think that blowing leaves doesn’t require any knowledge or experience. However, while it’s a pretty simple machine, a leaf blower still requires a dose of common sense and knowledge because a mishandled unit can turn into a dangerous device within a second.
If you own a blower, but you didn’t read the safety part in the user manual, now is the time to do it. On the other hand, instead of looking for the manual, you can read this article and get a better insight into the necessary safety precautions. Take a look at these tips; you’ll certainly find them useful and efficient.
One of the most important things is regular maintenance, especially if you have a gas-powered unit. As you might know, gas-powered blowers require much more maintenance than electric ones. However, that doesn’t mean that electric units don’t need any maintenance whatsoever. In fact, you shouldn’t make a difference between any leaf blowers; you should treat them all equally. Make sure that you unplug the unit before cleaning if it’s an electric one.
Read the manual and find out the best way to keep your machine in good condition. If you manage to keep it in good condition, it should last for years.
What Not to Do with Electric Blowers?
Electricity is quite dangerous if not kept under control. Try not to use your unit while it’s raining, or in humid conditions in general. Condensation is a pretty dangerous thing, especially if the device is powered by electricity. Make sure that your blower is dry and clean before you even turn it on. Also, always use quality extension cords because it’s the weakest point in most cases. A faulty extension cord can cause severe damage and leave even fatal consequences.
Most people simply don’t like wearing any equipment because it sometimes makes them uncomfortable and weird. Furthermore, people don’t seem to comprehend the gravity of the situation and potential consequences.
The things that you always have to use are gloves, ear plugs, and goggles. Gloves are useful because they reduce the vibrations and prevent blisters. Bear in mind; gloves don’t have to be thick to be effective; a pair of thin gloves is still better than none.
Earplugs are a mandatory piece of equipment, regardless of the noise that is produced by the blower. Because the consequences don’t manifest immediately, users think there are none. However, people who didn’t use earplugs reported hearing problems after only a couple of years. It’s a cheap piece of safety equipment, and it’s not worth saving a dollar or two for the cost of your hearing.
Goggles are also a pretty self-explanatory piece of safety equipment. Even though you might think that leaves can’t damage your eyes, it’s not true. Truth be told, leaves probably can’t inflict severe damage, but branches and other debris certainly can. When everything is flying around, you don’t want to be the one without goggles.
Use the Unit Efficiently
Before using your blower for the first time, make sure that you read the user manual. Although you might think it’s full of irrelevant and technical stuff, it also must contain a set of safety tips.
For example, when using a blower, make sure that you’re holding the unit close to the ground because that position prevents dust from rising and debris from flying around. Many people neglect this technique because they are wearing safety goggles and gloves. However, while it may not be a threat to you, flying debris can injure people around you.
It’s recommended that you wet the dusty areas before using a blower. Although it’s not a mandatory step, it alleviates the hassle and keeps the dust close to the ground. However, don’t overdo the watering because you’ll find it much harder to blow soaked than dry stuff.