Mowing Safety Tips

From time to time we can all become a little complacent with tasks we complete of a regular basis, but we must remember that safety comes first; always, even when mowing the lawn.

Here’s the Harden Park Lawns mowing safety tips:

Getting Ready

Wear sturdy, closed in shoes, safety glasses, ear protection, a long sleeved shirt and long pants. In North Queensland sunscreen and/or insect repellent is also a great idea.

Ensure that the mower is safe to use and there is no spilt fuel and the blades are sharp enough – blunt mower blades are a risk to you and can cause damage to your lawn as well.

Clear the lawn of all debris – children’s toys, branches, dog bones, loose rocks and mark out any surface pipes or drains and half buried roots or rocks. Any object that can get caught in the mower blades or ejected out the discharge chute is a hazard. Objects can fly out of the chute at a rate of 320 km/p/hr – that is not something you, your family, neighbours or your pets want to be hit by!

Ensure children are not playing in the area and secure any pets that might get spooked by the noise of the lawnmower or get in your way.

During Mowing

Mow your lawn when it is dry so as to avoid a slip hazard and clumping of grass clippings.

If you are mowing a slope ensure that you always mow across the slope and never up and down to prevent accidents. If you use a ride-on mower, mowing down a slope can result in the mower tipping.

If your mower is struggling and you believe that the blades or discharge chute may be clogged you must always turn the mower completely off. Wait until the blades have fully stopped rotating before carefully raising the mower to remove the debris.

Remembering to keep safety top of mind will ensure that you and those around you will be able to continue to enjoy your lawn. Harden Park Lawns endeavours to provide you with all the advice and tips you need to have a thriving and healthy lawn for years to come. Contact the team if you have any specific questions you would like answered.

 

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