What is the best way to stay safe and prevent accidents with lawn mowers and other outdoor yard equipment this summer?
Most lawn equipment today comes with excellent safety features built-in. However, there is no substitute for reading the owners’ manual (yes gentlemen, you should do this!) and fully understanding how the equipment works. While lawn tools can be very effective in helping create a wonderful appearance in the yard, they can also be extremely dangerous. There’s no replacement for common sense along with these safety recommendations:
- Always wear closed toe shoes and work gloves to protect your hands and feet.
- If a device stops working properly and you believe that there may be something jamming a rotating blade or other moving part, always shut the device off and refer to the manual for troubleshooting. Do not risk injury by substituting your fingers for tools.
- Be aware that cutting devices can frequently launch unexpected materials, striking the operator, other people or pets and causing severe injury.