Attention father's of the world! As the proverbial 'Masters of the Mow,' this Sunday is the perfect time for you to take a break and let your kids do the heavy lifting on the lawn. It is Father's Day after all; you've earned the right to stretch out, enjoy a cold beverage, and watch the US Open unfold before your eyes - mowing the grass a distant afterthought.If the image of your kids mowing the lawn for the first time makes you nervous, well, we can't say we blame you! Mowing may be habit to some, but to those unaccustomed, it can be a daunting task that can do more harm than good if safety procedures are not followed properly.
Understanding the safety requirements before mowing the 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 (or pass them on to the young ones who are just starting out).
Safety first, we always say! Follow these mowing tips to ensure a safe and productive Father's Day mow.
Read (and then reread again) 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. It could also be a fun quiz to do with your kids - winner gets extra dessert!
Inspect the Mower Beforehand
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.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Steel toe footwear, ear protection, eye protection and proper clothing is always recommended when mowing the lawn. Safe and fashionable - a dad's dream outfit!
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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. Not the best Father's Day present in the world...
The engine exhaust becomes very hot during operation, so be sure to stay clear of the muffler, as it can cause severe burns.
Never Leave Your Mower Unattended
When mowing your lawn or instructing others on how to do so, never make adjustments or work on the mower when the engine is running, and never leave your lawn mower running unattended as well.
Always turn your mower off when crossing over non-grass areas too, as it could project and shoot debris, causing damage or harm to you, your mower and your property.