In mowing your lawn, there are certain lawn mower safety tips you must practice in order to ensure that no harm or accident comes you way or that of the people standing nearby. In this article, you will get to learn about lawn mower safety practices that will guard against accident that may result from using lawn mowing machines.
Clean the Lawn from Hard/Solid Objects
Before starting out to mow your lawn, it is highly recommended of you to ensure that your lawn is free from any physical or hard objects which may include; Toys, tools, tires, car parts, cans, bottles, rocks, sticks, twigs, etc. the presence of these objects poses a great danger not only to the operator of the mowing machine but also to bystanders and to the mowing machine itself. The presence of either a rock or working tool can cause the mulching blade to get stuck, bend and in some cases even damage the blade.
Go through the user’s manual
Still on lawn mower safety tips, after unpacking your lawn mower, the first logical and smart thing new lawn mower owners should do is to take time and go through the user/owner guide booklet that accompanies the mower. Under no circumstance should you assume you are familiar with a new mower and proceed to operating it right way without perusing its handbook first.
Different mower has different features and mode of operation thus, going through the guide exposes you to new information like; new/additional features, the functions of different buttons on the machine, how to clean and maintenance procedures etc. concerning your newly acquired lawn mowers
Dress Code for Mowing
Different activities require different dress codes for the avoidance of hazardous accident and maintenance of worker’s safety. The same goes when using your mower! The following are some of the attires that’s deemed necessary to be put on whenever you are out in the lawn with your mowing machine;
Wear the right dress that will shield your skin from flying objects. Long trousers and long sleeve shirts are most preferable. Take note that they are not too bogus in order not to be caught in the spinning blade of the lawn mower. Also always tie back loose and long hairs.
Eye goggle will protect the machine operator’s eyes from flying objects, smokes, and dust, dirt as well as sun rays. So as one of lawn mower precautionary moves, always ensure you have them on!
Earplugs on the other hand protect operators from noise pollution (loud engine sound and that of the cutting blade)
Handling the Mower
The key emphasis here is mainly on Gasoline lawn mowers as they are highly explosive in nature if or when wrongly handled. It is a known fact that one gallon of gasoline has an explosion power that equates 33 sticks of dynamite.
Always double check to ensure that the following rules are adhered to when handling any gasoline driven mower;
– Always fill before commencing mowing
– Never refill a hot mower
– Put off the engine and leave it to cool before refilling
– Guide against spilling gasoline on the body of the machine while refilling
– Where there is spillage, clean thoroughly the body of the mower before powering on the engine
– Never open the gasoline cap while it is in use
– Avoid smoking when operating the lawn mower
– Keep a safe distance from fire
Keep Out Of Children Reach
After usage, it is advised to park the mower in a safe place away from infants. Keeping it safe and far from small children will guard against them getting themselves wounded by the blade of the machine as they usually find lawn mowers attractive and tends to play with it.
In concluding this lawn mower safety tips write-up, when putting it away for storage pending next usage, be sure to guard against accidental starting of the mower by disconnecting or pulling out the spark plug.