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Still, they are not without the odd accident, most of which could have been prevented. The following are some of the most important safety precautions you can take to protect yourself from harm.
These days, it’s hard to imagine life before the electric lawnmower. If used properly (per the manufacturer’s guidelines and some common sense), they are completely risk-free.
Get familiar with the precautions. Even if you’re tempted to just “plug in and start,” it’s worth taking a few moments to review the proper and improper uses of these devices.
Use them in conjunction with a circuit breaker of some kind. Such functionality should be provided by modern electrical systems and the insulation on the motor itself, but why not spend a few dollars more to have peace of mind?
The cable should be kept behind you. It may seem obvious, but people frequently cause accidents by mowing over cables or getting them tangled in their feet.
Be sure to completely disconnect the drive mechanism (electricity in this case) before attempting to clear jammed blades or otherwise work on the mower, as you would with any other device of its kind. Don’t rely solely on the switches.
It’s important to keep your lawn mower in good shape. That includes obvious maintenance steps like wiping it down after each use, but also more in-depth inspections of things like blade condition and tightness. Don’t try to do it yourself if you aren’t sure you can handle it properly; instead, find a professional who specializes in lawnmowers and other farm equipment.
To avoid damaging the engine, avoid tampering with it. If your lawnmower breaks down while still covered by its manufacturer’s warranty, take it in for service. If it isn’t, you shouldn’t go poking around inside the motor with a screwdriver unless you’re a trained professional. Seek assistance from a professional if you attempt a ‘DIY’ repair on a motor or electrical system and end up damaging it.
If the weather is extremely wet, you shouldn’t use the mower. Even though it’s important to insulate all of your electrical appliances and that grass can get damp even when it’s not raining, electricity and water typically do not get along. Stop cutting the grass while it’s raining and wait until it stops.
Never give the mower to a child under the age of 14. At what age a child should begin helping out around the house can be a touchy subject, but like water and electricity, kids and powered garden or agricultural machinery are a bad idea.
Always exercise caution when purchasing a used lawn mower. It could be a bargain, but it could also be trouble. However, it is more concerning to think about what modifications, whether by DIY or otherwise, might have been made to it by someone else. Have an expert in the field take a look at it.
In a similar vein, it’s wise to exercise caution before buying unknown brands at enticingly low prices. The lack of attention to safety measures and the like could be to blame.