Reading lawn mower reviews can tell you a lot about the mower you are about to purchase. They can tell you how energy efficient the mower is, how big of a job it can handle and how it will handle said job. However, one thing that they won’t tell you is how to run your mower in a safe manner. Fortunately, that isn’t something that is too hard to figure out, if you follow some of the common sense rules that I am going to lay out for you today.
For the most part, lawn mowers are fairly safe to operate. Every day, people all over the world fire up their lawn mowers and do it without incident. But don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. Operating a mower requires preparation and serious consideration of all safety rules. Here are some of the things that you need to consider in order to operate your mower in a safe and efficient manner.
Familiarize Yourself With The Manual
One of the most important things you can do to minimize the risk of serious injury with your mower is to read the mower’s manual. The manual not only tells you how to properly maintain your mower but will also tell you what you can and can’t do with your machine. Therefore it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the manual before you start it for the first time.
Proper Maintenance Makes For A Safer Machine
Some lawn mower accidents are easily prevented with a little bit of maintenance. Making sure that the undercarriage and the muffler is free of debris can prevent your mower from overheating. As with any machine, proper maintenance will not only help it run better but make it a lot safer to use.
Wear The Proper Attire
Not many people give what their mowing attire much thought but they really should. Wearing the proper outfit can ensure that you remain safe while you are mowing. When ever you are operating the mower you should wear eye protection, long pants and close-toed shoes. You should also ensure that your clothing isn’t loose.
Survey The Terrain
You should also take the time to do a proper survey of your yard. You should walk through the yard, without your mower, and take a good look around. Get a good idea where all of the possibly dangerous obstructions are. You should also take the time to remove any stones or rocks that might be picked up by the mower and thrown.
Keep Track Of Kids And Pets
Make sure that all kids and pets are at a safe distance from the mower. Not only from the blades but from objects that might be thrown by the blades.
These are the best lawnmower safety tips that you can follow. If you pay attention to these five areas, then your mower experience will be a whole lot safer for you and your family.