- Use proper footwear and clothing
Sandals are not proper footwear for mowing the lawn. Why? Because they’re less stable, and a trip, slip or stumble could cause you to come in contact with moving or hot parts. Sandals also increase the odds of pinching or stubbing a toe when mounting a riding mower or zero-turn mower. In addition, choose close-fitting clothes and long pants, hearing protection, eye protection. Loose-fitting clothes could get caught up and cause an injury.
- Inspect the area
Before you begin your job, walk the mowing area and clear all hidden hazards, such as rocks, stumps and hidden debris like broken glass, bottles and miscellaneous materials. Injuries may occur from debris that is projected into the air by mower impact. Projected debris can cause injuries to operators, pedestrians and property.
- Check weather conditions
Do not mow during thunderstorms or other inclement weather conditions, wet grass, or with enough sunlight.
- Watch out for kids
Be hipper-vigilant and make sure there are no kids around the area. Also, never allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on lawn mowers or garden tractors.
- Don’t pull backwards
Whenever possible, try not to pull a lawn mower toward you. If you slip, you could end up pulling the mower right on top of you. This could be fatal and it’s one of the main injuries in the U.S.
- Mind the hills
Most riding lawn mowers are more likely to tip over sideways than forward or back, so mow up and down the hill. Mow hills side to side with push mowers. That way, if you do slip, you won’t fall toward the mower or have the mower roll back at you.
- Mind the hills
Most riding lawn mowers are more likely to tip over sideways than forward or back, so mow up and down the hill. Mow hills side to side with push mowers. That way, if you do slip, you won’t fall toward the mower or have the mower roll back at you. Also, mowing wet grass on hills increases your chance of having an accident no matter which type of machine you’re using.
- Keep clear of moving blades
If the blades are spinning, don’t unclog the chute, adjust the wheel height, inspect the blades or do anything that would bring your appendages in harm’s way. The reasons are pretty obvious. And never disable the kill switch or tie down the safety lever.
- Stop the engine
To allow it to cool down before refueling, remove the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or walk away from the mower.