Annapolis Fire Department

Annapolis Fire Department Media Release


Fire Chief

David L. Stokes, Sr.


Contact Person:
Fire Inspector Ken White
Email: afd-pio@annapolis.gov
Phone: 410-263-7975

Lawn Mower Safety Message

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2018

( Annapolis, MD) With the rainy spring coming to an end, Annapolis residents will be welcoming the sunshine and warm weather. Part of the welcoming ritual is the preparation and maintenance of equipment used to take care of our lawns and gardens. “While yard work is a regular chore in the spring and summer, safety should always be top priority when operating outdoor equipment” says Fire Chief David L. Stokes.
 
The Annapolis Fire Department offers the following lawn and garden safety tips to keep you safe this spring and summer.
 

  • Wear sturdy shoes and long pants while mowing.
  • Protect your eyes from flying debris by wearing safety glasses or shatter proof sunglasses.
  • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing.
  • While the lawn is being mowed, keep others at a safe distance to ensure their safety.
 
Push Lawn Mowers
 
  • Do not allow children to operate lawn mowers without adult supervision.
  • Do not refuel a hot engine; always fill the tank before starting to mow.
  • Mow across a hill (not up and down) to avoid falls. Do not mow on a steep hill.
  • Never lift a running lawn mower, always keep it flat on the ground.
  • Shut off the engine when adjusting mower height.
  • If you hit something, stop the mower and turn it off. Check for damage; do not operate a damaged lawn mower.
  • Always pay attention to your surroundings when mowing.
  • Always follow the manufacture's instructions for care, maintenance, and safety.

    Help The Environment: Mowers equipped with a mulching feature will finely cut and re-cut grass clippings and return them to the turf. These clippings provide moisture and nutrients to keep your yard greener and healthier, and reduce yard waste.
 
Riding Mowers:
 
  • Riding mowers are one-person machines. Never carry passengers or tow children in carts or trailers while mowing.
  • Always start the machine from the operator's seat.
  • Mow up and down on slopes over 5 degrees, never across.
  • Go slow on hills and around corners to prevent tipping.
  • Never operate a riding mower on slopes over 15 degrees.
  • Maintain a safe distance from people and objects.
  • Always pay attention to your surroundings while mowing.
  • Do not allow a child to operate a riding mower without adult supervision.
  • Watch for holes, ditches and embankments.
  • Always follow the manufacture's instructions for care, maintenance, and safety. 
Leaf Blowers:
 
  • Never point the blower nozzle at people or pets.
  • Follow local ordinances about when to use a leaf blower.
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions for care, maintenance, and safety.
  • Protect your eyes from flying debris by wearing safety glasses or shatter proof sunglasses.
 
Chain Saws:
 
  • Make sure the chain saw is clear of debris and objects prior to starting.
  • Never operate a chain saw with one hand.
  • Shut off the engine before setting the chain saw down.
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions for care, maintenance, and safety.
 
Edger / Trimmers: 
 
  • Stop the engine when crossing gravel or any place where objects may be a hazard.
  • Keep hands and feet away from rotating parts while the engine is running. 
  • Do not over speed the engine.
  • If you hit an object, stop the engine immediately. Turn it off and check for damage. Never operate damaged equipment.
  • Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for care, maintenance, and safety. 
  • Protect your eyes from flying debris by wearing safety glasses or shatter proof sunglasses.
 
Garden Tillers:
 
  • If you hit an object, stop the tiller immediately. Turn it off and check for damage. 
  • Repair anything before starting up.
  • Always  keep hands and feet away from rotating parts while engine is running.
  • Stop the engine when crossing gravel or any place where objects may be a hazard.Shredder/Grinders:
  • Protect your eyes from flying debris by wearing safety glasses or shatter proof sunglasses.
  • Never put your face, hands, feet or any part of your body or clothing near chute, hopper or discharge area.
  • For clogs or jams, shut off the machine. Wait until all moving parts completely stop. Blades take time to stop after the engine is shut off. Disconnect the spark plug wire and check the hopper, chute, internal chamber and discharge area. Only use a wooden stick to clear jammed material.
  • NEVER place hands in chute to unclog leaves or twigs. 

 
 
Call the Annapolis Fire Department if you have any questions relating to lawn mower safety or any other safety concerns at 410-263-7975.  For more information of lawn mower safety, visit the safety and prevention page at www.healthychildren.org.




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