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Safety Tips for Lawn Mowers

by Laura Horwitz, All About Lawns Columnist

Did you know that over 65,000 people receive serious injuries every year from lawn mowers? The number rises quickly when you include injuries from all the other lawn maintenance equipment out there. But many can be prevented.

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Safety Tips for Lawn Care:

  • Before you begin, check out what you're wearing: avoid loose clothing and tie back long hair. You don't want either to get caught in chains, blades, fans, axles, or any of the other moving parts on power lawn care equipment.
  • Add safety glasses to that outfit, closed-toed shoes (preferably with steel toes), and long pants. You may also want earplugs to protect yourself from the noise, but don't listen to music -- you want to hear if something goes wrong.
  • Before refueling your lawn mower, make sure the engine is off and cool.
  • Be careful not to spill! 30% of the air pollution caused by power equipment comes from fuel that has spilled and then evaporated.
  • Refuel outside, and not in your garage. Remember, you're working with a highly combustible substance that can explode if near a heat source, including your washer or water heater.
  • Don't let your kids or pets play in the yard while using your lawn mower -- it can send rocks flying out at dangerous speeds that can easily harm them. And don't let them ride on any riding mowers, especially if under age 12.
  • Take an observant stroll around your lawn before mowing and remove foreign objects such as rocks, children's toys, or even dog bones.

 

First, Make Sure You Know What You’re Doing.

Above all, read the instruction manual and make sure you know how to use your lawn mower properly. That extra time spent could save you or a loved one serious medical trauma.

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About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

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