There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of a lawn mower and the smell of fresh cut grass, but did you know that thousands are injured each year as a result of mowing their lawn? While lawn mowers give us gorgeous yards, they can also pose many dangers which is why it is always important to practice safety around them. If you are unsure about where to begin, take a look below at 7 lawn mower safety tips that can keep your lawn looking great while keeping you safe at the same time.
1. Service the mower at the start of each season.
Before you mow for the first time of the season, take your mower in to be serviced. Most hardware stores offer this service, and it is a great way to make sure your mower is functioning correctly. The specialist will inspect it and fix any issues that could pose a hazard, helping run not only at its best but safely.
2. Never remove the hazard and warning stickers.
You might like the clean look of a shiny new mower, but keep the warning stickers in place. These serve as important visual reminders of where the blades are and where other hazards are. They can also serve as warnings to children or anyone borrowing your mower.
3. Keep your mower locked up.
It is wise to keep your mower locked in a shed or garage where children can’t play on it or around it. You don’t want children climbing on it, trying to start it, or pretending to mow with it. Keeping it locked up can keep little hands from playing with it which can result in terrible injury.
4. Scan the yard for obstructions prior to mowing.
Scan the yard for rocks, large sticks, or other obstructions prior to mowing. These are items that when hit can fly up and cause injury. A quick scan can help prevent any issues and can even help you get the yard mowed quicker.
5. Keep children inside and occupied when mowing.
When you mow, keep all children indoors and occupied. You don’t want children running around outside when you are mowing as accidents can happen quickly. Don’t look at outdoor playtime as a quick opportunity to get the job done. Instead, wait until children are indoors.
6. Don’t let children “help” you mow.
Children might want to help you mow by standing in front of you pushing the mower, or riding on the lawnmower with you. Do not take the chances as this can quick turn harmful. Mowers aren’t toys and shouldn’t be treated as such. Instead, let children know they are dangerous and should only be used by adults.
7. Never reach under the mower or attempt to fix it yourself.
This seems like a given, but so many injuries happen each year as a result of people reaching under the mower to loosen up a stuck branch or some other object. Never reach under your mower. Never turn over your mower to examine the blades. All attempts to fix your mower should be done by a professional only. Never try to fix it yourself and risk injury.
Stay safe this summer season when you keep these lawn mower safety tips in mind!