What are some tips when using leaf blowers?
Leaf blowers can throw objects which can be hazardous to both the operator and others. • Always plan your work before using a leaf blower. Clear the area of all people, pets and objects from around your work area (have a safety circle of approximately 10 metres or 30 feet around you). • Always wear eye protection when operating a leaf blower even small stones can blind a person. • Hearing protection is recommended. • Always wear a mask in dusty or dirty areas, or where dampness and decay may have created conditions for mould growth. Mould spores are an inhalation hazard. • Always start and run the unit in an upright position. • Never operate the blower without the tubing. • Always direct the debris away from people, animals, glass and solid objects that could cause the debris to rebound or ricochet. • Never use the blower to spread or mist chemicals, fertilizers or other toxic substances. • Never use the blower from ladders, trees, rooftops or other unstable surfaces.