Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting the machine, disengage all control levers and stop the engine. Wait until the auger/impeller comes to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine to prevent unintended starting.
Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe, working condition. Also, visually inspect the machine for any damage.
Do not change the engine's governor setting or over-speed the engine. The governor controls the maximum safe operating speed of the engine.
Snow thrower shave plates and skid shoes are subject to wear and damage. For your safety protection, frequently check all components and replace with original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) parts only. Use of parts which do not meet the OEM's specifications may lead to improper performance and compromise safety.
Check control levers periodically to verify they engage and disengage properly and adjust, if necessary.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations for gas, oil, etc. to protect the environment.
Check the fuel line, tank, cap and fittings frequently for cracks or leaks. Replace if necessary.