Homeowners that choose to do their own snow removal are hoping they won’t have to use their snow blower any time soon. The cool yet beautiful December days that the New Jersey area is currently experiencing, leaves homeowners praying it will last. Unfortunately, it’s a brutal certainty that soon our beautiful fall colored New Jersey mountains will turn white. Here are some tips for using your snow blower and keeping safe and smart while doing it.
- Beware of Ice. When the temperature changes quickly, ice tends to form. Although you may see a powdery layer of snow on the surface, you always need to be careful about what potentially lies beneath. It is important when clearing your driveway that you have good traction with a good pair of boots or by using an attachable cleat like device.
- Body Temperature. Our mothers have been telling us for years to dress in layers. Turns out this is the perfect application to that mantra! Since shoveling snow or using the snow blower increases body temperature and causes us to sweat, there needs to be a way to cool your body down. If you dress in layers, this becomes easy.
- Avoid the Chute. Your snow blower was designed to pick up snow and spit it out, generally in another spot that is not your driveway. Keep in mind, although the snow blower is picking up snow, it is also picking up any debris that may be lying around on your property. Keep clear of the chute of the snow blower to ensure you aren’t hit by stones, sticks and other debris.
- Mechanical Dysfunction. As your snow blower runs through normal wear and tear season after season, there is bound to be some troubles along the way. Always practice safety first and turn off the snow blower (disengage the clutch) if there is a problem. DON’T STICK YOUR HANDS DOWN THE CHUTE if it is blocked. Use a stick to unclog any blades and call a professional if you have a real problem.
If you are safe and keep these tips in mind, you are ready for the season ahead by using your snow blower in a proper manner. Remember, there are other options for snow removal as well! DeCarlo Landscaping offers residential snow removal for the upcoming season and is booking its clients right now. Sick of doing the snow removal yourself? Give us a call today!