From time to time we can all become a little complacent with tasks we complete of a regular basis. With that in mind, it’s a great opportunity to revise your mowing safety and to help the Daleys Turf team has complied their safety checklist to keep you safe while caring for your lawn.
Before you mow:
Wear sturdy, closed in shoes, safety glasses, a long sleeved shirt and long pants. In South East 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.
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 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.
Mow your lawn when it is dry to avoid a slip hazard and clumping of grass clippings.
After 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. Daleys Turf 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.