Understanding the safety requirements before mowing your lawn is a very important first step. Lawn mowers can be dangerous even when operated properly, so be proactive when it comes to safety and be sure to follow these tips.
Safety first, we always say! Follow these mowing tips to ensure a safe and productive spring mow.
Read the Owner's Manual
Always refer to the owners manual for operating and safety instructions before attempting to operate your lawn mower. By becoming familiar with the ins and outs of your mower, you will reduce the chance of error when out on the lawn.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Steel toe footwear, ear protection, eye protection and proper clothing is always recommended when mowing the lawn. Safe and fashionable - what could be better?
Inspect the Mower
Always check the mower for any loose, broken, or missing parts, and ensure safety guards/shields are in place before starting the machine. You want to make sure that your mower is in tip top shape before bringing it on to the grass.
Inspect the Lawn
Before mowing your lawn, remove items from the grass including children’s toys, roll up garden hoses, move small patio furniture, clear debris such as tree branches, rocks, or piles of leaves. These items could cause extensive and expensive damage to your mower if left unattended.
Avoid Steep Slopes
Never operate your lawn mower on steep slopes or in rough terrain, as you can lose your footing and the machine could roll over on top of you.
The engine exhaust becomes very hot during operation, so be sure to stay clear of the muffler, as it can cause severe burns.
Never make adjustments or work on the mower when the engine is running. Never leave your lawn mower running unattended. Always turn your mower off when crossing over non-grass areas it could project and shoot debris causing damage or harm.