Although a reverse or lawn mower may not be the most dangerous tool of power households, it is certainly capable of causing injury and even death. A lawn mower is a machine that must be treated with respect. As long as the operator follows a simple set of safety guidance lines, many serious and potentially life threatening situations can be avoided.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 68,000 people receive serious injuries to justify emergency room care each year for lawn mower accidents. Fingers and toes are in great danger from sharp blades and quick to spin under a lawnmower. Objects ejected by the mower at high speeds can also cause injury to the mower operator and spectators. There are some simple safety tips, that if followed, should greatly reduce the risk of injury when operating a lawnmower.
Here are some safety tips that you should keep in mind when working with a lawn mower. And as a bonus, some practical tips to protect your lawnmower against rust while ensuring the health of your lawn.
Read the accompanying Owner’s Manual at the first time
The owner’s manual contains safety information about your mower in particular. Some men think they are above reading operating manuals but it is time well invested and could keep you or a member of your family out of the emergency room.
Lawn mower manufacturers do not want their customers to get hurt by their product. That’s why the manufacturer builds some safety devices in their lawn mowers. Do not play with built-in safety features; they are there for good reasons.
If you are looking to buy a lawn mower, have one that cuts off the power to the lawnmower once you release the handle. This feature is called a dead man’s switch and could save someone from a nasty wound.
Before mowing your lawn, make a visual check of the area to be cut. You are looking for stones or other objects that could get hit by cutting blade mowers and stealing to cause injury or damage.
When you finish mowing the lawn
- Stop the engine.
- Clean the underside of the cutting deck with a scraper or a powerful water jet.
- Remove grass clippings so that the blade turns freely and to prevent rust from settling.
- Wipe the blade with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. You will kill insects and larvae that may have accumulated during mowing.
When powering the mower
Be sure to clean any excess fuel that is spilling out of the tank. Do not fill the tank when the engine is still hot, as gas fumes may be ignited by heat. Instead, wait until the engine is cold enough to touch before attempting to fill the tank. Change in appropriate clothing before starting mowing; Loose or floating clothing, poses the risk of being hooked by the machine. Also, do not wear open-toed shoes.
Give the priority to safety
If you have a petrol mower, first remove the spark plug from the engine before doing any maintenance work. If you fail to do so, the mower engine could start if you simply rotate the blade with your hands when you clean it.
Be particularly careful when removing the lawn bag to empty it when the mower is running.
Always wear suitable shoes when mowing the lawn. Shoes can protect your toes from the powerful motor, if an incident occurs. It should go without saying that barefoot or sandals are an important step.
When you remove the bag, stop your engine!
Before you start to mow, make sure the children are out of the area. If you are on a riding lawnmower, monitor closely in reverse to ensure that no one is behind the mower. Use caution and common sense on the slopes – a riding lawnmower can tip if it is operated on too steep a slope. The operator may also fall on a hand mower, or the mower may roll backwards.
Before engaging in any maintenance operation on the mower, be sure to disconnect the spark plug wire. Many injuries are caused each year by engines that start unexpectedly when the operator is attempting to do routine maintenance. Simply turning the blade can cause the engine to start to disconnect the wire from the spark plug in advance will eliminate the risk.
When shopping for a lawnmower, especially a riding lawn mower, insist on a lawnmower that has the best safety features. Ask a sales representative about some features such as rolling on safety on mowers as well as safety mechanisms for reverse operation.
Prevent grass residue to the walls of the mowing tray
After removing grass residue that has accumulated on the inside walls of the mowing tray, spray a little of the nonstick cooking spray or apply a little vegetable oil to the walls and blade.
The next time you mow your lawn, you will find that grass residues accumulate much less on the walls.
Is your lawn shredded instead of cut?
Does your lawn look dull and gray after mowing? Examine the tips of the strands of your lawn.
If they were shredded instead of being clearly cut, it is a sign that your lawnmower blade needs to be sharpened.
Sharpening the blade by hand is quite difficult, as it must be perfectly balanced. Have it done by a skilled mechanic or buy a new blade.
Be careful with the power cable
To avoid cutting your electric lawnmower cable, place it on your shoulder or wrap it around your elbow.
Use a brightly colored electrical cable so that it is clearly visible on the lawn.
To clean lawn stains on your clothes
If you have stained your work clothes with grass, mix a few drops of ammonia with 5 ml of peroxide and rub the stain. As soon as it disappears, rinse and wash the garment.