LAWN MOWER SAFETY
YOU KNOW THE BETTER!)
Along with summer comes lawn care. Most home owners or renters
(also the kids trying to make extra money) will be putting in a lot a time to care for the
lawn. Mowing, edging and lawn care in general can pose potential safety hazards. Here are
a few tips to keep you safe!
Prepare lawn for mowing.
Every time before you mow, check your lawn for items such as sticks, rocks, toys, sports
equipment, dog bones, wire, and equipment parts. Make sure miscellaneous items are not
hidden in tall grass. Also look for and remember immovable objects, such as pipes, or
partially buried rocks. Running into a fixed object can shatter the mower blade and throw
jagged chunks of metal out the discharge chute or under the housing.
Handle fuel with care.
Always use care when filling the tank with gasoline. Wipe up spills. Never fill the tank
on a mower that has been operating and is hot. Vapors from the gasoline can be ignited by
a hot muffler.
Wear appropriate clothes.
Close-fitting clothes are less likely to get caught on controls or moving parts. Long
pants and sturdy leather shoes protect you from flying sticks, stones, or other items not
caught by the rear guard. Shoes also should provide good traction. A canvas or open-toed
shoe cannot protect your foot if it slips into the blade. When mowing for long periods of
time or if noise is objectionable, wear hearing protection such as ear plugs.
USE SAFE MOWING TECHNIQUES
Never point the discharge chute at anyone.
You never know when something will be thrown from the mower. Never run the mower over
Do not mow wet grass. Wet grass is slippery
and the operator can lose footing, slip under the mower, or allow the mower to roll
backwards. Wet grass also clogs the discharge chute and can cause the engine to falter.
When this happens, always turn off the engine and wait a few seconds for the blades to
stop rotating before correcting it.
Use care on inclines. Some slopes are too
steep to mow safely, so use good judgment. Always push walk-behind mowers across slopes to
avoid coming in contact with the mower (e.g., by sliding down the hill onto the mower, or
allowing the mower to roll backwards on top of operator). Drive riding mowers up and down
Never leave a running mower unattended. When
you leave the operator's position the mower should be turned off. New models have an
operator presence switch that automatically kills the engine when the operator releases
Disconnect spark plug to service. Disconnect
the spark plug when you work on the mower. This prevents the engine from accidentally
being started. Many people are hurt every year because mowers start unexpectedly when the
blade is turned by hand. Keep all parts in working condition. Fluid leaks (gas or oil),
blade sharpening, and balancing may require professional service.
SAFE MOWER FEATURES
- Make sure other people, especially children,
are out of the area. Young children should be supervised in the house while the yard is
being mowed. They cannot understand the dangers, and the operator may not hear or see
Safety features on newer mowers help prevent
hazardous situations that can lead to injury. Do not disconnect special features or
controls to avoid using them.
Look for a shield on the back blade housing behind
the rear wheels of the mower. This shield protects the operator's feet from exposure to
the blade and thrown objects.
A dead-man switch, or operator presence switch,
requires the operator to hold the device to keep the mower running. If for some reason the
operator releases the switch, the engine is turned off. When placed at the correct
location, the switch makes it physically impossible for an operator to hold the switch and
reach down to the danger area where the blade is operating. Some switches also have a
braking device that stops blade rotation.
||Bare feet in the shower or bath
tub you know, put shoes on when mowing and preserve your toe!!
Never mow bare foot. Why?
- You could slip (feet don't have great
- A rock, stick, or other unseen object
could be thrown from the mower or the mower's chute and strike you
or ricochet causing injury.