Lawn Mower Safety tips

Spring means the start of the chore of yard work. Here are a couple safety tips to remember while maintaining your lawn.

-Always make sure you have read the operating guide for your lawn mower. The better you understand how to use it, the safer you will be. Try to use a mower with a control that stops the mower from moving fowrward if the handle is let go.

-Make sure to wear the correct shoes. Do not wear sandals or sneakers, and do not go barefoot.

-Prevent injuries from flying objects, like stones or toys, by inspecting the lawn and picking up objects. If there is something in the lawn that cannot be removed, such as sprinkler heads or drainage caps, mow around the object.

-Make sure children are away from the area being mowed.

-Start and refuel mowers outdoors, not in a garage or shed. Mowers should be refueled with the motor turned off and cool.

-Always use care on inclines. Push walk-behind mowers across slopes and drive riding mowers up and down slopes.

-Always keep all four whells on the ground. Tilting the mower cowuld cause something to unexpectedly fly out from underneath.

-Never leave a running mower unattended. You never know who or what can get caught up in your mower while you are not there.

-Always disconnect the spark plug when you work on your mower. This will prevent the engine from accidentally starting. Make sure the blade settings are changed by an adult, with the mower off and the spark plug removed.

-Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.

-Never allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.

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