Lawn Mowing Safety

Lawn Care Gainesville FLYou may not think of safety as a reason to use a professional lawn care service but every year, hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people get injured when using lawn mowers. Power lawn mowers can be dangerous even when used properly. But if you continue to make the decision to mow your own lawn. Be proactive when it comes to safety and follow these tips to avoid injuries:

  • Know the equipment. Read the owner’s manual. Become familiar with all the safety features and don’t disconnect any of them. Keep all nuts and bolts properly tightened. Never pull a walking mower. 
  • Check the lawn before mowing and wear proper clothing. Pick up any rocks or debris. Heavy shoes and long pants provide the best protection from flying debris. If you’re using a reel mower, don’t wear loose clothing. 
  • Protect your hearing. Doing yard work can get pretty noisy. In addition to the lawn mower, high-decibel noise comes from trimmers, edgers, and blowers. Use earplugs or earmuff-type hearing protection. 
  • Keep pets and children away from the lawn as you mow. Don’t let children operate a lawn mower unless they’re strong enough, responsible, and understand all the operating and safety features. Even then, supervise them. Never give a young child a ride on a ride-on mower. Sudden stops, flying objects, or an excited child can spell disaster. 
  • Be careful when fueling. Stop the mower and let the engine cool for 10 minutes before fueling. Never fill the tank with the mower on the lawn. Avoid spills by using a gas can with an adequate pouring spout. Clean up spills immediately and put the used rags in a covered metal can. (Gasoline-soaked rags are a fire hazard.) 
  • Turn off the mower. Never leave the mower running unattended, or work on a motor that is running. 
  • Be careful on hills. Steep slopes are always dangerous because a mower can flip over or go out of control. Plant a ground cover other than turf in these areas. On gentle slopes, mow across the slope, not up and down. Use a walk-behind mower. 

As a professional lawn care company, Mr. Tree and Lawn Service in Gainesville holds safety as one of our top priorities. If you feel uncomfortable in any safety procedures involved in mowing your lawn, let us take care of it for you.

To arrange service you can call us at 352-682-4444 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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