Safely Maintain and Operate Riding Lawn Mowers
There are a variety of riding lawn mowers on the market today. Some of
them offer high horse power, versatility through attachments, excellent
maneuverability and more; but, the most important feature on which you can
focus is that of safety. You are responsible for the safety of the riding
lawn mowers you operate.
Riding Lawn mowers are very convenient but be careful
they come with a lot of horsepower's. Maintenance is a real issue here
Whatever you do READ THE MANUAL
Before you even start a riding lawn mower read, understand and follow
manufacturer's operating instructions. Riding lawn mowers can make your life
so much easier when you care for a large lawn and garden, but they can also
become serious safety hazards if you don't use the right equipment or
maintain it properly.
Protect your face and head when operating riding lawn mowers. Wear hearing
and head protection and guard your vision with heavy safety glasses. Flying
sticks, rocks and other yard debris can (and will) fly out from under your
mowing machine. Clear the area of large materials that could be thrown from
the blade before you mow.
Did you know that riding lawn mower blades can throw material out at
300 feet per second? That's right around 200 miles per hour. Don't count on
being able to clear a flying object's path before it hits you. Riding lawn
mowers have no mercy when used improperly.
Your riding lawn mowers should be maintained in good condition, but you need
to keep the attachments you use in good working order too. Make sure the
attachments are free of rust so they move freely and properly and
periodically tighten nuts and bolts on the attachments to avoid an accident
due to poor maintenance.
Sometimes safety devices and guards get in the way. They are not nearly as
inconvenient as losing an arm, a foot or other body part that is subject to
the unrelenting blades and quick-moving parts of riding lawn mowers. Keep
those safety features in place.
Check often to see that your blade is sharp and secure. Set the mower to the
highest cutting point when you move over rough ground that could result in
flying debris. Be sure to disengage all attachment clutches and shift your
riding lawn mowers into neutral before starting them.
And, as always, check in front of and behind you before you even begin to
move a riding lawn mower. If you take the time to stay safe, riding lawn
mowers can make quick, safe work of caring for your lawn.
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