Be Aware of Those Around You

*  Leaf blowers are noisy so be considerate and do your business and move on.

*  Don't point the blower at people or animals when using it. It can whip up fine dust or other dangerous bits of trash that can easily hit someone and/or get it their eyes.

*  It is not a good idea to leave a leaf blower lying around so young children can play with them. This could lead to one of many dangerous situations.

Dress Appropriately

*  The most important thing to wear (when using a leaf blower) are goggles and ear plugs (or ear muffs). If it is dry outside, it is also a good idea to wear a dust mask. Protecting your health and well being is of utmost importance.

*  Wearing long pants and long sleeves protects your skin.

*  Wearing snug-fitting clothes allows you to move freely and not get anything caught in the moving parts of your blower

Use the Leaf Blower Correctly

*  Know how to operate your equipment correctly, i.e., starting, stopping, and running it. Know how to stop it immediately in case of an emergency.

*  Leafblowers should not be used in-doors, nor should they be used while standing on a ladder or other similar object.

*  Do not use the blower to spread or mist chemicals, fertilizers or other toxic substances.

*  Do not alter the blower or remove any safety features such as grounding pins or blade guards.

*  Never use a plug-in electric blower while standing on any wet surface.

Maintenance, Repair and Storage:

*  Turn off the engine and let it cool down before adding more gas. When adding gas, loosen the gas cap slowly to relieve pressure, add the gas and then fully tighten the gas cap when complete.

*  Make sure you are adding the proper gas/fuel mixture.

*  Before working on the blower, stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.

*  Before storing your leaf blower, allow the engine to cool completely.

*  Thoroughly clean out any leafs or debris before storing for the season.

Source by Bruce Dinger