Spring is finally upon us, and many homeowners are eager to get out into their yards for a little lawn maintenance. A lawnmower is the best way to ensure your grass looks its best, but it’s important to follow safety precautions while using one. In this article, we’ll explain how you can stay safe while mowing your lawn this spring.
How to safely use a lawnmower
- Keep a close eye on the weather.
- Clear the area of debris and any potential hazards.
- Wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from injury, such as jeans, long-sleeved shirts, and closed shoes.
- Keep spectators away from you while operating your lawnmower—they can distract you and cause injuries if they get too close to moving parts or sharp blades. It’s especially important not to let children operate lawnmowers unattended until they are old enough and mature enough to use them safely (typically between 16-18 years old).
- Make sure that all safety features are working properly before starting up your mower: check for loose connections or worn parts; adjust bolts or clamps if needed; sharpen blades; etc.; then go over everything again just before starting it up so nothing has broken down while sitting idle during winter months! Once you’re satisfied with its condition, start outside first as opposed to inside where there could be combustible fumes from gas/oil mixes leaking out during operation–this will prevent any unwanted fires from happening later on when using indoors!
Consider when it’s appropriate to mow your lawn.
You shouldn’t mow your lawn when it’s wet.
In the spring, you should consider mowing your lawn when the grass is growing. This can vary depending on where you live and what kind of grass you have, so it’s important to check with a local nursery or landscaper for recommendations if you’re unsure about when to do your first cutting of the year.
The best time to mow is usually around mid-April, though this will depend on where you live. In general, spring is a good time to mow because it’s an ideal time for grass growth and new growth will help prevent disease while also keeping weeds down!
Check the weather before you start mowing.
- Check the weather report.
- Check the forecast for rain.
- Check the forecast for wind.
- Check the forecast for humidity.
- Check the forecast for heat or coolness, depending on when you’re mowing your lawn.
Clear the area you plan to mow before you start up your mower.
- Clear the area you plan to mow before you start up your mower.
- If the area is large, it’s best to divide it up into sections.
- Make sure there are no rocks, sticks or other debris in the area where you plan to mow. These can cause serious damage if they become lodged between your blades or tires and your lawnmower handlebars.
- Also make sure there are no people, pets or other animals around when using a power tool like a weed whacker. If someone walks in front of your lawnmower while it’s running it could cause serious injury because of how fast these machines are designed to move around at high speeds!
Pick appropriate clothing for mowing.
When you go to mow your lawn, you should wear all the right gear. You might think this is silly, but it’s not. You want to make sure that your body is protected from anything that could hurt you.
- Wear long pants and sleeves to keep any sharp objects away from your legs and arms.
- Wear closed-toe shoes so that if you step on something sharp, it won’t puncture through the shoe and into your foot (ouch!).
- Wear gloves so that if there are any needles or rocks sticking out of the ground around where you are mowing, they won’t cut into your hands when they brush up against them (double ouch!).
- Protect yourself from getting sunburn by wearing a hat with a visor over the top half of your face; just make sure there aren’t any holes in it! Visors will keep harmful UV rays out of your eyes as well as offer protection against rain/dew/etc..
Keep spectators far away from where you’re mowing.
- Keep spectators far away from where you’re mowing.
- Make sure that your spectators wear eye protection, hard hats and ear protection.
- Wear gloves while mowing the lawn.
Take your lawnmower for a service check-up in the spring.
When you take your lawnmower for a service check-up, you’ll be able to identify any problems and get them fixed before they become serious. You might find that the spark plug needs replacing or the blade needs sharpening, but there are other things that can be inspected and repaired as well:
- The oil level
- The air filter
- The tires and wheels (for wear or damage)
- The belt (for wear)
Know how to turn off your lawnmower quickly and effectively.
You should know how to turn off your lawnmower quickly and effectively. The most important thing to remember is that you must always turn off the mower before you leave it unattended or go inside the house.
There are two ways to do this: one is pressing the “stop” button, which will shut off the blades but leave them spinning in reverse so they’re still cooling down; another way is by pushing a lever on top of the handlebar, which stops both blades and also reverses their direction. Either way, turning off your mower should be done before leaving it unattended—even if only for a few minutes!
Start the lawnmower outside, and not in an enclosed space.
Don’t ever start your lawnmower inside. The fumes from the engine are very harmful, and you should never risk starting a lawnmower while you’re in an enclosed space.
That includes garages, sheds, and even your own house! If you need to do this for some reason (perhaps your garage door won’t open) make sure that there’s plenty of fresh air around so that no one winds up inhaling any dangerous gas fumes.
Spring is a great time to get out into your yard, but it’s important to make sure your lawnmower is in good shape, and that you are taking proper safety precautions while using it
Spring is a great time to get out into your yard, but it’s important to make sure your lawnmower is in good shape, and that you are taking proper safety precautions while using it.
Here are some tips for safely operating your mower:
- Learn how to turn off your lawnmower quickly and effectively by familiarizing yourself with the controls on your machine. You should also know where the manual shutoff switch is located.
- Start up your mower outside, not in an enclosed space like a garage or shed that may contain combustible materials such as gasoline or oil vapors (which can explode). And keep children far back from where you’re working—at least 50 yards away—in case of flying debris caused by kickback (when the blade flies up). Also, never push or pull anything with a running engine! That includes pushing around leaves and debris when cleaning up after mowing either before storing or before operating again next season/season…
So, what have we learned today?
If you start using your lawnmower this spring with these tips in mind, you are sure to have a great gardening season. Don’t forget to prepare your clothes, check the weather and make sure all members of your family know where they should be while you’re mowing. Most importantly, keep safe and enjoy yourself!