Take Safety Home: Lawn Mowers

Every year hundreds of thousands of injuries occur due to lawn mower accidents. A surprising percentage of these injuries occur to children. As you begin getting into your spring and summer lawn-care routine, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Send children and pets indoors before mowing the lawn.
  • Pick up any objects, such as toys, bottles, sticks, rocks, etc. before mowing.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt while mowing to protect your skin from objects that get kicked up by the mower. Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry.
  • Wear eye protection and hearing protection while mowing.
  • Do not allow anyone to ride on mowers!
  • Fill gas tanks before operating. Never refill a hot engine. Store gasoline in appropriate, labeled containers and away from heat sources.
  • Do not mow when the grass is wet.
  • Push mowers across a slope. Operate a riding mower up and down slopes.
  • Before performing maintenance on a mower, be sure to remove the spark plug.

 

This information is provided as a service to you by Compliance Consultants, Inc.

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