Leaf Blower Safety Tips

Ensure courteous and safe leaf blower operation every day

When using your leaf blower, please keep these basic safety tips in mind. Before using your blower, refer to your product's instruction manual for a complete guide to approved blower operation.

  • Children should not use a leaf blower.
  • Do not operate while standing on a ladder, rooftop, tree or other unstable surface. Use nozzle attachments to reach high places.
  • Do not use a leaf blower if you are tired or sick, taking medication, or if you have used drugs or alcohol.
  • A leaf blower should NOT be used to clean up:
    • Large amounts of gravel or gravel dust
    • Construction dirt
    • Plaster dust
    • Cement and concrete dust
    • Dry garden topsoil
Dress Safely

Dress Safely

In order to operate your blower safely, you will want to wear the appropriate attire. This includes hearing protection (either ear plugs or earmuffs), goggles that meet eye protection standards and non-slip, heavy-duty work gloves. Avoid loose-fitting jackets, scarfs, necklaces, jewelry, flared or cuffed pants, unconfined long hair or anything that could become drawn into the air intake. Wear a respirator or dust mask as appropriate.

Handle Gas Carefully

Handle Gas Carefully

First, ensure your fuel is the correct gasoline/STIHL oil mixture. Refer to your product's instruction manual for mixture information, as well as a complete walk-through of proper fueling procedure. Once you have the correct mixture, make sure the blower is clean, dry and its engine is turned off. After fueling, store your fuel mixture in a well-ventilated area in a properly marked safety container.