It might seem like just a mundane chore, but mowing your lawn can be risky without the right safety gear. Stay safe with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).
The safety gear you need will be determined by the property you have – do a quick look around – are there low hanging branches? Is the yard sloping? Are there soggy patches in the lawn? What about debris, rocks and other fixtures.
When you are mowing your lawn, there are hazards and safety concerns so it’s vital you stay safe by wearing the right personal protective equipment (PPE).
For mowing jobs, wear close-fitting clothes and no jewelry. Pull back and secure long hair. These items can catch in the equipment’s moving parts and cause injuries.
To protect your legs and feet from brush or objects thrown from the mower, wear long pants and sturdy, non-slip boots. Do not wear tennis shoes or thongs, since they can be easily severed if they get caught under the mower deck. Also, always wear safety glasses to keep debris out of your eyes.
It’s a great idea to wear hearing protection when sound levels exceed certain limits, generally a daily average of 85 to 90 decibels. Check the mower operator’s manual to see what type of hearing protection you need. Two common types are muffs and plugs. Make sure you can wear your hearing and eye protection together comfortably.
All PPE should be maintained and cleaned regularly to keep it in proper working order. If something breaks or is damaged, replace or repair it before wearing it again.
It’s also advised that you keep pets and children out of the way when mowing to avoid them getting hurt by flying debris that the mower throws out.