Engine / Propeller Safety Precautions

Failure to follow these safety precautions may result in injury to yourself and others.

  • Keep all engine fuel in a safe place, away from high heat, sparks or flames, as fuel is very flammable. Do not smoke near the engine or fuel; and remember that engine exhaust gives off a great deal of deadly carbon monoxide. Therefore do not run the engine in a closed room or garage.
  • Get help from an experienced pilot when learning to operate engines.
  • Use safety glasses when starting or running engines.
  • Do not run the engine in an area of loose gravel or sand; the propeller may throw such material in your face or eyes.
  • Keep your face and body as well as all spectators away from the plane of rotation of the propeller as you start and run the engine.
  • Keep these items away from the prop: loose clothing, shirt sleeves, ties, scarves, long hair or loose objects such as pencils or screwdrivers that may fall out of shirt or jacket pockets into the prop.
  • Use a “chicken stick” or electric starter to start the engine. Do not use your fingers to flip the propeller. Make certain the glow plug clip or connector is secure so that it will not pop off or otherwise get into the running propeller.
  • Make all engine adjustments from behind the rotating propeller.
  • The engine gets hot! Do not touch it during or right after operation. Make sure fuel lines are in good condition so fuel will not leak onto a hot engine, causing a fire.
  • To stop a glow engine, cut off the fuel supply by closing off the fuel line or following the engine manufacturer's recommendations. Do not use hands, fingers or any other body part to try to stop the engine. To stop a gasoline powered engine, an on/off switch should be connected to the engine coil. Do not throw anything into the propeller of a running engine.

Text courtesy of Great Planes Model Manufacturing Company