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May 22, 2019

Summer Safety Series: Lawn Care Safety

When the snow finally melts and the rain showers settle, grass begins to grow, which means it’s time again to start your lawn care. For some this might be a hassle, and for others this might be fun -- for whatever it might be for you, be sure to stay safe when caring for your lawn.

This list of tips will help keep you safe while you manicure your property:

  1. Walk your property before beginning - A quick walk around where you’ll be mowing or weed whacking can help you find things that may have landed on your property without you knowing. You wouldn’t want to be on a riding lawn mower near your road and accidentally drive over a big rock or stick that has found its way on to your lawn. A quick walk around your property will help uncover these items and more -- protecting you, your lawn, and machinery.
  2. Inspect your tools - Whether you’re using a riding lawn mower, push mower, weed whacker, or other equipment, you should always look it over prior to use to avoid injury to yourself and others nearby. Here are a few things that might apply:
     Blade/cord condition
     Tire air pressure
     Oil and fuel levels

  1. Leave it to a pro - No matter how handy you might be, there are some things that are better handled by a professional. If in your prior-to-use inspection you notice that something might be broken or not in working order first consult your manual. If a simple fix isn’t outlined in the manual consult a professional to resolve any issues. Additionally, you’ll want to have your mowers routinely maintained by a professional even for just a quick tune up before the start of lawn care season.
  2. Dress appropriately - Ear and eye protection might seem ridiculous but they are two protective items that can make a huge impact. Additionally, it is important to cover exposed skin (especially while weed whacking), wear footwear that covers your feet completely (tied tight), and don’t forget to wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  3. Be responsible and respectful - if your property falls on both sides of a road be sure to be especially cautious when near and crossing the road. Additionally you might want to add a SMV (Slow Moving Vehicle) sticker to your riding mower to help alert vehicles on the road. Lawn care tools are helpful, but dangerous. Be aware of your surroundings and never allow children to use, ride, or be near these tools when in use.

Safety is key in avoiding unnecessary incidents. Use these tips to keep you and your family safe this lawn care season!

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