How can I use my leaf blower safely?

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Make sure the area is totally clear of hazards like toys, large debris and rocks before you get started

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

Make sure the area is totally clear of hazards like toys, large debris and rocks before you get started.

It’s best not to use this tool on a windy day, or when it’s very wet underfoot – both can make the job frustratingly difficult to complete!

Tie back long hair, and also remove/tuck in any loose clothing or jewellery that could get caught.

It’s a good idea to wear protective goggles, gloves and long trousers; also consider noise-cancelling headphones if your leaf blower or garden vac is particularly loud.

Ensure that other people and animals stay at least 50ft (15 metres) back from the area you’re working in.

Don’t use a leaf blower or garden vac when stood on a roof or ladder.

If you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises, switch the leaf blower or vac off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.

Always switch off the appliance and unplug it from the socket when not in use, as well as when changing attachments or cleaning.

If a fire does start, don't try to fight it yourself. Move away to safety and call 999 immediately.

Store your leaf blower/garden vac in a cool, dry place.

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