Courteous Use of Leaf Blowers

A guide on how to use a leaf blower for your lawn.

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How to use a leaf blower

Before using leaf blowers, read the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer. If you do not have an instruction manual, you can get one by contacting the manufacturer or your local retailer. Many manufacturers have them available on their websites. You need to know how the leaf blower works and how to use it properly before you start a job. For example, the following are general rules:

  • Pay attention when using a leaf blower. Don't point an operating blower in the direction of people or pets.
  • Make sure bystanders, including other operators, are at least 50 feet away. Stop blowing if you are approached.
  • Do not use a blower indoors or in poorly ventilated areas.
  • Inspect the blower before and during use to make sure controls, parts and safety devices are not damaged and are working properly.
  • Never modify a blower in a way not authorized by the manufacturer.
  • Work carefully. You need to be safe, courteous and responsible.

What do leaf blowers do?

There is a variety of lawn and garden projects where using a leaf blower will help. Some of these projects include:

  • Remove grass clippings
  • Dislodge or break up matted grass
  • Clean rain gutters
  • Clean farm and construction equipment
  • Clean parking lots, arenas and amusement parks
  • Remove light or fluffy snow
  • Dry off pavement

While doing all this, remember to be safe. See our safety tips here.