Top 10 Suggestions For Lawnmower Safety
Each year millions of people mow great swatches of grass and weeds week after week without so much as a stubbed toe. Meanwhile, there will be 70,000 injuries serious enough for a visit to the emergency room. The majority of mowing accidents are the result of:
- contact with the rotating blade
- propelled objects
- ride mowers overturning
- running over an individual.
Children younger than 12 years of age should not operate large ride on mowers.
Protect everyone from flying debris or being run over:
- Make sure area is clear of people, especially children.
- Clear the area of any sticks, rocks, toys, or other debris.
Know the lay of the land! Check for dips, holes and other landscape obstacles.
Protect eyes, hearing, and feet:
- Wear safety glasses or goggles.
- Use hearing protection devices.
- Wear sturdy shoes rather than athletic shoes or sandals.
- Long pants and gloves are recommended.
Beware of blades!
- An adult should make adjustments to the mowing height before mowing.
- Make sure the blades have completely stopped before removing the grass catcher.
Machines are not toys!
- One seat. One rider. No exceptions.
Go at the right speed and the right direction:
- Slower is safer!
- Mow only in forward.
- Riding mowers should move up or down a slope.
- Push mowers should move across a slope.
- Always check behind you for children and others before backing up.
If you are doing anything but mowing:
- Disengage the blades and/or stop the engine.
- Turn off the mower if you leave it for any reason.
- Try to use a mower that disengages the blade or shuts off the engine if the handle is let go.
Stay aware of the mower's discharge area:
- Stop the mower if anyone enters the area.
Wait at least two minutes for the engine to cool if you need to refuel.
Finally, if using a riding mower on a slope, make sure you understand the special considerations and safe practices that can be found in the operators manual and online.
TitleTop 10 Suggestions For Lawnmower Safety
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