Lawn Mower Safety Precautions

As with any sharp cutting equipment, there are safety precautions that must be followed before and while using a lawn mower . Many precautions must be followed at all times, but there are certain additional safety measures, whether you use a manual reel mower, a gas mower, or an electric lawn mower.

General safety

Read all instructions in the owner’s manual before starting and using any lawn mower. Most manuals will cite specific safety precautions to follow for that mower. Also, you should always inspect your lawn for debris and foreign objects that could be a risk to you or your lawnmower if you come across them while mowing.

Proper clothing is important. Wear shoes that won’t slip in wet grass or loose grass clippings. Never wear sandals or cut barefoot. In line with this, it is important to keep the extremities away from the mower blades, regardless of type. Electric mowers can be more prone to damage if a foot or hand comes into contact with the blades while running, but the manual mower blades are still very sharp and carry the added risk of being largely uncovered.

Inspect your mower before you start to make sure there are no apparent problems that could make it worse or become dangerous to you once you start mowing.

 

Manual mowers

Manual mowers are safer than electric mowers, although there are a few things to watch out for. Most importantly, as mentioned above, the blades of a manual lawn mower are always exposed and must be handled with care. In addition, running with a manual lawnmower or cutting over debris is more dangerous for the user than when it is done with electric lawnmowers. If you slip and fall, you are at an increased risk of injury when landing on exposed blades. Similarly, exposed blades are at a higher risk of throwing debris in a dangerous direction, whereas most electric mowers control where debris goes.

Gas Mowers

Electric mowers are especially dangerous for children and must not be operated by persons under 12 years of age. Hearing protection should always be worn, as gas mowers are noisy. Starting and refueling should always be done outdoors, as these emit harmful emissions. Also, refueling should be done with the engine off and cold.

Most importantly, if your mower becomes clogged or if for some reason you need to reach for the blades, remove the spark plug first. Otherwise, simply turning the blades by hand could cause a spark that will ignite your mower.

Electric lawn mowers

There are actually two types here: the battery powered electric mower and the ones that are powered by a cord from an outside outlet. They both require some of the same safety tips, with a few extras for those with power cords.

Never mow when it is wet or raining, as there is a danger of electrocution. Always use a grounded extension cord and never use frayed or frayed cords. Cut the power cord and never leave your mower plugged in when you walk away.

Follow all these basic tips and you will be fine. Just remember, in the end, the best mower for the job is the one you think you can operate comfortably and safely.

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