A lot of people forget that a lawn mower is a piece of machinery capable of causing great harm and injury. It doesn’t have to if you just put an ounce of precaution into play, especially if you use Mower Source‘s handy guide of these 24 safety tips that most people overlook.
In this section, we’ll cover safety tips that have to do with the lawn mower itself.
Turn the machine off before taking care of any problems or issues
Use a stick to poke clumped grass loose underneath
Have fresh blades in place for the easiest job possible
Keep safety guards/shields/devices on where they belong
Remember that the engine cowling is a huge source of heat after the lawn mower’s been on for a while
Check oil and fuel levels before a job, and never add fluids mid-mow
Adjust wheel height before turning the mower on
Keep the cord at least a foot away from the blades
Once you’ve got the above tips down pat, the next is to survey your yard and see that you’ve taken care of safety there.
Pick up large twigs, sticks, rocks, toys and hoses off the grass on your pre-mow walkthrough
If there’s a tree on your property, regularly check it for hornets’ or bees’ nests
Make the lawn off-limits to kids as long as there’s a mower in use
Pull out the lawn mower during mid-morning for least moisture on the grass and easiest time to cut
Save the mowing for another day if it just rained or is starting to, especially if there’s lightning in the sky
Be careful of walk behind mowers and steep slopes, and either cut parallel to the slope or use a rope (or even re-landscape the area into tiers)
Last but not least, you’ve got to think of how to keep yourself safe when cutting the lawn. While the other two areas may have unpredictable factors, or aspects that can change at the drop of a hat, you’re almost always in ultimate control of yourself and your own reactions.
Save the cold can of beer for after the job’s done, no matter how little of an impact you think it’d make
Throw on a pair of sunglasses (when it’s super sunny) or clear shades (when it’s overcast) to protect your eyes from any potential flying debris
Keep hydrated, particularly if you’re looking at a long, tough slog
Skip the sandals in favor of close-toed shoes — just in case — and make sure they’re well tractioned so you don’t slip
The louder the mower, the better an idea earplugs are
Even though it may seem tougher, push the mower instead of pulling it so you retain more control
Take turns and slopes gradually and widely instead of suddenly and sharply
Don’t use the lawn mower as a joyride tool — and keep kids off it
If you use a riding mower, get into the habit of always checking behind and around, no matter how silly or overdone you think it is
Remember your maintenance checklist and stick to it, like a quick run-through before and after, along with more periodic checks
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