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HEALTH

• DO NOT USE GAS BLOWERS IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS, except for fall leaves, due to their adverse health effects on workers and residents.

• Of particular concern are 2-STROKE engines which emit carcinogens from unburned fuel (e.g., butadiene, formaldehyde, benzene). Switch to 4-stroke or cleaner alternatives like battery or propane for residential jobs.

• All gas-powered equipment in use must meet current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards to achieve lowest emissions possible (that is, manufactured after 2007);

• NEVER use gas equipment on smog-alert days.

RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB

• Do not use gas blowers to move dirt, salt, gravel, plaster or concrete dust. Do not use gas blowers to move grass clippings. These are a valuable source of nutrients and should stay on lawns.

• Do not use gas blowers in dusty or very wet conditions. Minimize toxic dust being blown around by directing the nozzle extension close to the ground. Do not wave the gas blower extension up into the air, or into windows or doorways.

• Do not operate gas blowers at full throttle. Half-throttle is sufficient on small jobs.

• Do not use gas equipment before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm.

SAFETY

• Wear eye protection (safety goggles) and ear protection (muffs) when using gas equipment.

• Wear filter masks or respirators in dusty conditions or when using 2-stroke equipment.

• Take EXTREME care not to spill gas, and to clean it up immediately if spilled.

• NEVER start up gas equipment within 3 metres of the fuel source.

• NEVER leave gas equipment turned on while unattended.