Snowmaking Safety Precautions
rated for 150 psi or less, always check before use.
2. Never disconnect an air hose while it is under pressure! It can whip loose and cause serious injury or even death. Always make sure the pressure has bled off from the entire system before disconnecting any hoses.
3. Never leave the system unattended. It's fine to go in the house but don't start the snowmaking system and leave to go somewhere else, just as it's not a good idea to leave major appliances turned on while away. An electric compressor just like any large appliance can short out and become a fire hazard. Just use common sense and you will be fine.
4. Never use a damaged air hose. A bad air hose could burst and become a projectile. Inspect your equipment regularly and replace damaged hoses immediately.
5. Stay clear of the nozzle when the system is in use. Never place your finger over the hole where air and water comes out and be careful of your eyes and face. The air and water exit the gun under high pressure and could cause injury if contacted at close range. Even though most home systems deal with lower pressures and volumes than a professional system, it's always best to be safe.
6. Check your compressor regularly to insure proper operation. Routine maintenance will extend the life of the compressor. Never set up your compressor where it could get wet from the snowgun. Water and electricity do not mix! Also make sure to keep flammables away from the compressor. Follow all guidelines from the manufacturer as to compressor usage and duty cycle.
7. Never apply heat to an air or water hose if it is froze up. Extreme heat on a hose can cause a blow-out. Take them inside a warm area to thaw out.
8. Remember to dress properly for snowmaking.
9. If using a snowmaking system or snowgun purchased from a manufacturer, always read and follow their operation instructions. Do not try and modify a purchased unit, it may fail to make snow or become hazardous to operate.
10. Just use common sense when it comes to safety. Snowmaking is a safe hobby as long as you use your head.
11. Make sure that you never clear water out of your hose with compressed air while your hose is attached to the water system. Forgetting to take the hose off and utilizing the air to purge water out may result in air getting into your or your town’s water supply. Purchasing a check-valve and installing it somewhere between the water source and your snow gun would ensure that air will not back into the water system. You can ask about the check-valve at your local hardware store.
12. Children under the age of 18 should not attempt to conduct this experiment without adult supervision.
NOTE: There are risks involved in this procedure and you must make yourself aware of them before operating your snow gun. WHDH-TV cannot be held responsible for any injuries, accidents or misuse of this experiment.