What should you do before starting your snow blower?

Hampden County

The first accumulating snowfall of the season is expected from Thursday night into Friday morning. But there are a few things to cross off your checklist before firing up the snow blower.

Taplin Yard, Pump and Power Equipment said the first thing to check is the oil. Without it, it could cause catastrophic failure. The next thing to check is tire pressure, so make sure the tires are balanced and even. And with snow in the forecast, more people are prepping their blowers.

“This is our time when we do ramp up our snow blower repairs and pickups and deliveries,” Kenneth Malone told 22News. “We have seen quite the increase in phone calls this morning.”

Malone said one way to measure the health of your snow blower is by how far it throws snow. The average blower should throw snow 30 to 50 feet.

Depending on the power of the snow blower, you can wait until 8 inches of snow is on the ground. But if you have a lower car and need to get out of your driveway, many people start when there’s just a few inches on the ground.

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