Read the Manual.
Before using a lawn mower for the first time, read and understand the operating manual supplied with the machine in its entirety. Pay particular attention to the section on lawn mower safety.
Lawn Mower Safety Starts Before You Start the Lawn Mower
While you always need to be mindful of lawn mower safety practices while mowing the lawn, there are also things you should do before mowing which will help to reduce the risk of accidents and injury:
- Thoroughly examine the area you will be mowing. Remove all stones, sticks, wires, and other objects.
- Check the mower’s blades and blade bolts for wear or damage. Worn blades can be sharpened or replaced. Replace damaged blades or bolts immediately. Note: Blades and bolts should be replaced in sets in order to preserve balance.
- Inspect all mower guards, shields, and safety devices before mowing. Do not operate a lawn mower with damaged or defective parts.
What to Wear when Operating a Lawn Mower
Proper attire should always be worn when mowing the lawn to reduce the risk of injury.
- Wear long pants.
- Closed-toe footwear with a hard-toe is a must. Do not mow the lawn while barefoot or wearing sandals.
- Wear safety goggles.
Only Mow under the Right Conditions
Mowing only in daylight (or good artificial light) will ensure good visibility and reduce the risk of mowing over foreign objects in the lawn. Additionally, the lawn should be dry in order to avoid slipping on wet grass.