Safety Tips for the Mowing Season
Whether you’re new to lawn care or have been working on your yard for years, it’s important to take care of your yard safely. Knowing how to use your outdoor power equipment helps ensure you get the most out of your equipment while staying safe! To protect yourself, be sure to read the operator’s manual for the most complete resource on how to use your equipment properly. In the meantime, here are a few safety tips for the next time you mow your lawn.
What to Wear When You Mow
Wearing proper clothing when you mow can help protect you from debris. When working with any outdoor power equipment, wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and eye and ear protection. If you have allergies or asthma, consider wearing a face mask to prevent dust and pollen inhalation.
You already watch the weather to avoid mowing in the rain, but watch for high temperatures as well. Try mowing in the morning or evenings when temperatures are cooler and the sun isn’t at its peak – just try to be considerate of your neighbors or use a mower with Briggs & Stratton’s Quiet Power Technology™. When you’re out in the yard, wear sunscreen and a hat to prevent sunburns and remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Before you start mowing, walk through your yard and pick up any toys, sports equipment, dog waste, sticks and any other potential lawn mower hazards. Be familiar with the landscaping – keeping trees and bushes trimmed and know where the dips are in your property. Most importantly, always keep people and pets away while you’re mowing. With a clear lawn, you’ll be able to mow safely in no time.
Maintain Your Equipment
A key component to staying safe is giving your equipment the TLC it needs. Run through this quick tune up post so your mower can handle the work you put it through. Making sure your equipment is in good working order may keep you safer and to help extend the life of your equipment.
With these tips and other details in your operator’s manual, you’ll be ready to tackle your lawn safely each summer. Mow on!
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