Lawnmower Safety Tips
While mowing your lawn may just seem like a bothersome chore, it can actually be very dangerous if you do not take the right precautions. Around 75,000 people are injured by lawnmowers and require medical attention. Only a small number of the injuries are due to mechanical failure, and most are caused by human error. Keep these tips in mind to help avoid any injuries while mowing your lawn.
- Read the manual – before you use your lawnmower for the first time, make sure that you read the entire owner’s manual and take note of all the operating and safety instructions. Learn how to properly use all of the controls well enough so that you can act fast in case of an emergency.
- Wear the proper clothes – instead of tennis shoes, wear non-slip shoes with closed toes while mowing. Long pants will help to protect your legs from any flying objects, and always wear ear plugs to protect your eardrums from loud noises.
- Do not leave your running mower unattended – running mowers can easily attract curious children and animals. If you have to walk away from the mower, make sure to turn it off and remove the key if it is an electric mower.
- Start the mower outdoors – a running mower emits carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if you are in a closed area. Only start your mower when you are in an open, well ventilated area to prevent any issues.
- Turn it off before any maintenance – if you have to do any work on your mower, make sure that it is safely shut off. You should also disconnect the spark plug to ensure the mower cannot accidently start while your hands are near the blades.
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