When you have a large yard, a riding lawnmower makes lawn care more efficient and less strenuous. But in spite of the benefits, these machines pose a number of risks. Did you know you are most likely to suffer a lawnmower accident on the slope of your lawn? The mower can easily tip over and cause you to lose control. Always mow up and down slopes, and never try to drive across them. Also, do not start, stop or attempt to turn while you are on a slope. Instead, stay the course and drive slowly.
Use these tips to safely operate your riding lawnmower:
· Read the owner’s manual and safety information before using your riding lawnmower.
· Walk around your yard and remove rocks, sticks, toys and other obstacles that could potentially get run over.
· Fill the gas tank in an open area, such as your driveway, to avoid fume inhalation.
· Do not carry passengers with you as you mow, even if they are small and are eager for a ride.
· Wear tight-fitting long pants, ear protection, gloves and non-slip shoes to protect yourself from debris.
· Inspect the equipment to ensure that the grass catcher, discharge guard and other safety devices are in proper working order.
· Adjust the deck cutting height only when the engine is off.
· Get into the driver’s seat and start the engine. Never start it while standing next to the mower.
· Engage the blades at the lowest setting first and then release the brake slowly.
· When turning, slow down significantly so you maintain control.
· Do not place your hands or feet near the rotating blades under the machine.