lawnmower safetyThe summer season is upon us, and it is time to get outdoors! Backyard BBQ’s, kids running through the yard, gatherings with family and friends, are just some of the many reasons to get your yard looking pristine. Mowing the lawn is essential to achieve that maintained appearance. It also wards off ticks and other pesky summer bugs. Mowing the lawn can be a dangerous task if you are not careful. Approximately 75,000 people endure mowing related injuries, most of which could have been prevented.

Here are 3 tips to keep you safe when mowing the lawn!

1. Read the Owners Manual and Maintain Your Mower:
Reading the manual seems like the obvious thing to do, however, many will still begin mowing their lawn without learning about the machine first. Knowing your mower will not only keep you safe, but it will also allow you to recognize when maintenance is needed. A dull blade or frayed wires may pose a risk to you as you cut the lawn. Regular maintenance to your lawnmower will reduce the risk of injury significantly.

2. Prepare the Area:
The mower blade operates at a high rate of speed and can throw unseen objects that come in contact with the rotating blade quite far,  this may cause injury to yourself or to those nearby.  Take the time to walk the area and remove anything that the mower can toss about such as rocks, branches, debris etc.

3. Dress for Safety:
It may be a hot day, but dressing for the weather can also increase your risk of injury. Sandals and shorts do not provide the protection you will need from the mower blade and from anything that is thrown from under the mower. It is wise to dress in long pants and shirts as well as steel-toed boots. Although you may be hot in the sun, you will be well glad to know you are protected from unnecessary harm.

Follow these lawnmower safety tips and your lawn will be looking pristine, and you will be able to enjoy all the outdoor fun that summer weather provides!

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