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Lawn Mower Safety

  1. 2. Lawn Safety Remember the first time you cut your parent’s lawn by yourself? If you are over forty, you probably used a manual push type, which required the strength of Samson for overgrown yards.
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  3. 4. Lawn Safety As time progressed, Mowing the yard became easier. We got bigger powered tools and a true Tim the Tool man experience! In fact if we weren’t careful we got the whole emergency room experience.
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  5. 6. Lawn Safety Now we realize that there is more to gardening and lawn mowing, than just cranking up the engine and riding off into the sunset.
  6. 7. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Nearly 75,000 Americans are seriously </li></ul><ul><li>injured in lawn mower accidents each </li></ul><ul><li>year. </li></ul><ul><li>About 10,000 of those injuries involve </li></ul><ul><li>children. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Lawn Safety Gas Engines: <ul><li>Fill the tank before starting </li></ul><ul><li>(Fill Outside) and don't refill it </li></ul><ul><li>while the engine is hot. </li></ul><ul><li>Never dangle gas cans from mower handles </li></ul><ul><li>where a hot exhaust pipe could ignite </li></ul><ul><li>escaping fumes and cause an explosion. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Keep safety </li></ul><ul><li>devices and </li></ul><ul><li>guards in place. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Start the mower on level ground where </li></ul><ul><li>you have firm footing. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Never pull the mower toward you, </li></ul>
  11. 12. Lawn Safety If you slip or pull too hard your foot could go under the mower deck.
  12. 13. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Always push it. </li></ul>
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  14. 15. Lawn Safety <ul><li>With push mowers Mow parallel to a slope. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Lawn Safety Never pull up or go down
  16. 17. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Always turn off the mower and disconnect </li></ul><ul><li>the spark plug wire before unclogging the </li></ul><ul><li>machine or adjusting it. </li></ul><ul><li>Gasoline engines can start </li></ul><ul><li>even when they're turned off </li></ul><ul><li>if the blade is rotated. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Lawn Safety <ul><li>     Only use a power mower with a control that stops the mower if the handle is let go. </li></ul><ul><li>**This control should never </li></ul><ul><li>be disconnected. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Lawn Safety <ul><li>One injury that you may not associate with a lawn mower is a burn. </li></ul>Muffler This can be a painful nuisance from touching a hot muffler or may be very serious from explosions caused by mishandled gasoline.
  19. 20. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Never mow a wet lawn. Wet grass can help cause accidents two ways. </li></ul><ul><li>First, it is slippery, and a fall could bring you in contact with the blade. </li></ul><ul><li>Second, wet grass will clog the discharge chute and you might be tempted to clear it without turning an older mower off. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Lawn Safety Keep hands away from the discharge chute and always wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles. This does not include sneakers, sandals or especially bare feet.
  21. 22. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Look behind mower when backing </li></ul><ul><li>up. </li></ul><ul><li>Back up only </li></ul><ul><li>minimal </li></ul><ul><li>distances. </li></ul>Riding Mower
  22. 23. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Do not allow children younger than 14 to use ride-on mowers. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not allow children younger than 14 to use walk-behind mowers </li></ul>
  23. 24. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Remove hazards, such as stones, branches or toys before starting to mow. </li></ul><ul><li>Refresh your memory about the location of immovable obstacles such as pipes or rocks before you start. </li></ul>(Bent shafts are costly on riders, ( just throw a walk behind away)
  24. 25. Lawn Safety <ul><li>The blade of a rotary lawn mower can travel up to 200 miles per hour. </li></ul><ul><li>It was designed to cut thick grass, so fingers and toes won’t slow the engine ont bit. </li></ul>
  25. 26. Lawn Safety Mowing on slopes is hazardous, especially on a riding mower. When mowing slopes, drive up and down the grade rather than across the face of the slope.
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  28. 29. Lawn Safety When going uphill, drive as if riding a horse--lean forward so the mower doesn't &quot;pop a wheelie.“ Also, empty the grass bags when only half full because the full weight of the bags may cause the mower to tip over.
  29. 30. Lawn Safety <ul><li>A lawn mower is too dangerous to operate for anyone who is angry, tired, or distracted. </li></ul><ul><li>Never operate a lawn mower when taking medicines or drinking alcohol. </li></ul>
  30. 31. Lawn Safety Electric Mowers: Mower should only be plugged into a ground fault interrupter (GFCI) to insure the safety of the operator.
  31. 32. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Check cords and plugs. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy the best extension cords you can afford, and periodically check their condition </li></ul>
  32. 33. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Be Aware of your cord at all times </li></ul><ul><li>(Most people cut their cord once or twice a season). </li></ul><ul><li>Electric mowers create a different type of burn hazard. </li></ul>
  33. 34. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Frayed insulation, a metal mower, and damp grass can cause severe electrical burns or lethal shocks. </li></ul>
  34. 35. Lawn Safety Hedge Trimmers/Weed Wackers/Lawn Edger's:
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  36. 37. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Wear safety eye protection. It's also a good </li></ul><ul><li>idea to wear long pants when doing lawn </li></ul><ul><li>work to protect from abrasions. </li></ul>
  37. 38. Lawn Safety <ul><li>Never use electric-hedge trimmers over </li></ul><ul><li>your head. If trimmers become lodged on something, disconnect </li></ul><ul><li>power source </li></ul><ul><li>before, attempting </li></ul><ul><li>to dislodge it. </li></ul>
  38. 39. Lawn Safety <ul><li>When using a weed trimmer, disconnect </li></ul><ul><li>power before working on a stuck line. </li></ul><ul><li>Always wear goggles!! </li></ul><ul><li>They are notorious for </li></ul><ul><li>throwing stones! </li></ul>
  39. 40. Lawn Safety Out of Season In Season Now
  40. 41. Lawn Safety Blowers are relatively safe devices, but don't direct the nozzle at anyone because of the risk of eye injury. For victims of respiratory problems, wearing a mask will cut down on the amount of dust that finds its way into lungs.
  41. 42. Lawn Safety Actually, the biggest threat posed by blowers is ear damage, because of their noise level. For that reason, wear ear protection; Plugs or Mickey Mouse ears.
  42. 43. Lawn Safety Back Pac Hand Held
  43. 44. Lawn Safety Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids while working in your lawn to prevent dehydration.
  44. 45. Lawn Safety This is the Ideal way to Mow. The new Robo Mowe r
  45. 46. Lawn Safety And we need one of these guys as overseers We Wish you all a Very SAFE Summer

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