Tips for Spotting Dangers When Mowing Grass
So, you have your lawnmower and are about to launch on that much overdue grass cutting exercise.
Before doing so though, there are certain dangers that you should protect yourself against – and here are a few top tips as to how to go about doing so.
1. Walk around the area to be mown before you start. Make sure you remove any branches, sticks, stones and anything else that could fly up into your cutting machinery. If you hit such obstacles, they could damage your cutting edges or shoot off at odd directions and be potentially dangerous.
Even if it is an area you have mown before, check for new additions such as branches that might have fallen out of nearby trees or bones that your dog might have helpfully left in the grass for you to find with your lawnmower!
2. If it is an area you have not mown previously, try to make sure that it is at least reasonably flat. Things such as raised bumps or creases in the land can be devastating for a lawnmower. If the ground looks particularly bumpy, it will be very sensible to consider rolling it and eliminating those crinkles and bumps before you start on it with your mower.
3. Keep an eye open for electric cables. These can be particularly dangerous if they were buried underground and not in compliance with regulations. That means that although they should be at a certain minimum depth and protected, some people in the past might have simply buried them at a shallow depth and in ordinary electric sheathing which might mean they start to protrude above ground over time. Hit those with a lawnmower and you could be facing serious problems.
If you are mowing in an area where there are electrically-driven fountains or lights, be sure you know where the cables run and that they are safe.
4. Be clear that you know how to safely operate or drive your lawnmower. It doesn’t matter whether it is a zero-turn lawnmower or a walk-behind model, there are certain techniques and operating instructions that must be understood if the machine is to be used safely. Be certain you have read up on these
5. Do not let young children play anywhere even remotely near your lawnmower while you are using it. Kids are notoriously unaware of danger and that game of football can be some metres away and apparently safe when suddenly one of the children, in the excitement, will run towards the lawnmower.
Ban children from the area altogether for the duration of your cutting.
6. Be cautious with slopes and inclines. This is perhaps more likely to be an issue with sit-on lawnmowers and it can be extremely dangerous if you’re trying to tackle a gradient that is beyond the maximum capacity of your machine. People have been seriously injured and even killed in this fashion. So, be certain you understand the maximum incline you can safely tackle.