Understanding the safety requirements before mowing your lawn is a very important first step. Lawn mowers can be dangerous even when operated properly. Be proactive when it comes to safety and be sure to follow these tips.
Always refer to the owners manual for operating and safety instructions before attempting to operate your lawn mower.
Personal Protective Equipment
Steel toe footwear, ear protection, eye protection and proper clothing is always recommended.
Inspect the Mower
Always check the mower for any loose or missing parts, and ensure safety guards/shields are in place before starting the machine.
Inspect the Lawn
Before mowing your lawn, remove items from lawn including children’s toys, roll up garden hoses, move small patio furniture, clear debris such as tree branches, rocks, or piles of leaves.
Steep Slopes/Rough Terrain
Never operate your lawn mower on steep slopes or in rough terrain. ( you can lose your footing and the machine could roll over on top of you)
Fueling the Machine
Always ensure the mower is turned off and is off any surface of the lawn. Avoid spills as this will cause severe damage to the lawn.
The engine exhaust becomes very hot during operation. Never touch the muffler as this will 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 nongrass areas.