Tips for safe use of your lawnmower
- Before you use a lawnmower, read the manufacturer’s directions to familiarize yourself with all the controls.
- Clear foreign objects off the lawn to prevent the mower from flinging them out and
injuring you or another person nearby. Lawnmowers can hurl a rock, roofing nail, or
bottle cap at a speed of 200 mph (320 km/h).
- Keep your children away. Many children have suffered serious foot injuries when they
attempted to help an adult cut the grass.
- Don’t wear sandals or go barefoot when you mow the lawn. Steel-toed shoes are much
- Wearing safety goggles and hearing protection are also necessities.
- When using an electric mower, be careful not to cut the cord. Make sure you are using a three-pronged plug and GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).
- When putting fuel in a gas mower, work in a ventilated area and be sure the mower is
cool. Don’t smoke and avoid filling the tank right up to the top.
Safety Tips for Riding Mowers
- Never forget that a riding mower is a large piece of machinery that has the potential to injure you or your child.
- Read the manufacturer’s directions and become familiar with the controls and operation of the mower before you begin any work.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Safety boots, goggles and long pants are a must.
- Since riding mowers tip easily, use extreme caution when mowing on hills. Don’t travel perpendicular to (across) the slope of a hill. Drive up and down.
Keep your children away! Many children have died or have been injured while riding as passengers on small tractors. These machines aren’t designed to carry passengers.
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