Did you know a blade tip on a lawn or riding mower can move at approximately 200 mph?
That's some serious speed and could cause some major injuries if any of your body parts would come in contact with it.
Now you may be thinking that you are smart enough not to put your hand in front of a moving blade, and hopefully that is true. However, over 70,000 accidents occur while mowing the lawn in just one year.
Proper lawn mower safety procedures can help keep you from serious injury and from becoming another statistic.
First, take a look outside. Is it raining or is the grass wet? Is it going to be dark soon?
You never want to mow the grass when it is wet or raining outside. This could cause premature rust to the deck on your lawn mower and can cause injury to you. Wet grass is slippery, allowing the perfect situation for you to slip, slide and fall into your lawn mower, under your lawn mower, or onto your face.
Darkness causes obstructions to your vision, and it's hard to see who is around or who might be wandering into your mowing area. It is always better to be safe by waiting until it is completely daylight to mow your lawn.
If the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it's a beautiful day, prepare yourself to pull that lawn or riding mower out.
A lawn or riding mower can send a piece of wood or metal flying several feet at high speeds. That doesn't sound like something you'd want flying in your direction, does it? Be sure to clear your yard of objects such as large sticks, toys, bikes, stones or other obstructions. Move pets and children to a safe location, inside or another part of the yard where they will not come in contact with any flying debris.
Give your equipment a "check-up" before getting started. Old, worn or damaged equipment is a dangerous hazards while mowing.
Be sure to inspect the following:
After you've checked the weather, prepared your equipment, and cleared your lawn, you are ready to get started. The most important time to think about safety is while you are operating your lawn or riding mower. Here are some tips to keep in mind during the mowing process.
Maintenance is something you will have to do from time to time to your riding or lawn mower. It is important to follow safety procedures while doing any work to your equipment. Here are some guidelines to follow:
Mowing the lawn is a great way to teach a child responsibility while helping you get the chores done around the house. However, each year there are many accidents involving children and lawn mowers. There are a few things you want to keep in mind before you let your child near a lawn mower.
Never allow small children to ride on a riding mower with you. Children can be thrown from the tractor and can also distract the driver causing careless mistakes.
Whether your enjoy mowing your lawn or think it's a snooze-worthy chore, safety is always the most important thing. Spending your summer in a doctor's office or hospital while everyone else is having fun doesn't sound enjoyable. All it takes is some extra precautions and preparation to keep you safe this mowing season.
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