Mowing the lawn can either feel like a chore or a time to relax and connect with nature. Either way, the sight and fragrance of freshly cut grass is pleasant to most, but without the proper precautions, lawn care can be a dangerous activity. Whether you’re gardening, mowing, mulching, planting or weeding, appropriate precautions and adequate protection can go a long way toward safe summer work. These 5 lawnmower safety tips will help you tackle the last of summer’s yard chores.
1. Schedule Your Outdoor Chores
Plan your yard work around the coolest parts of the day to avoid overheating. Sunlight exposure (and exposure to UV rays) is greatest when the sun is at its highest in the sky between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
2. Wear Proper Attire
Although outdoor safety apparel may not be the most fashionable, wearing the appropriate attire when you’re doing yard work can prevent a number of injuries including the prevention of burns, stings, bites and rashes. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts will reduce mosquito and tick bites and minimize contact with potential poisonous plants like poison ivy or poison oak. Go ahead and put on that wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays and defend against ticks as well. And although it’s not fun to think about, consider tucking your pant legs into your socks to avoid any creepy crawly up-the-leg guests.
3. Stay Hydrated
Hard work and high temperatures can quickly lead to dehydration. Drink before you get thirsty and avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Untreated dehydration can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. Take regular breaks in the shade and keep your water bottle handy.
4. Never Reach Under
Here’s a scary stat: Underneath a lawnmower deck, the steel cutting blade spins at more than 2,000 revolutions per minute (upwards of 200 m.p.h.). According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “The energy transferred by a typical lawn mower blade is equivalent to being shot in the hand with a .357 magnum pistol.” That is certainly enough to mangle a hand or foot. Never run the mower without safety equipment (dead-man switch, blade brake, chute guard, etc.).
5. Prevent Projectiles
Before you turn on the mower, check the lawn for loose objects (rocks or toys) that could turn into projectiles if they become stuck. Be aware of your surroundings while the mower is in motion and keep children and pets a safe distance away to prevent a serious injury. Wear shades or safety glasses to protect against eye injuries and also block UV radiation.
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Yard chores are a must for every home-owner and with the proper safety tips, it can actually be an enjoyable experience. In the case of an accident, never hesitate to contact EMO Middletown NJ (732) 957-0707 or EMO Berkeley Heights (908) 464-6700 for quick and reliable urgent care assistance!