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Agricultural Extension Service
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida, Gainesville
ON FARM AND
This circular has been prepared to help users of power mowers t(
avoid accidents with this equipment. The suggestions given and th(
hazards listed do not cover all unsafe practices with power mowers
If a person uses common sense and realizes that no machine ih
safer than the operator who uses it, he should be able to avoid acci
dents with power mowers.
SRead Instruction Manual. Th
manufacturer wants you to ge
good service and not be injured
Follow the instructions given.
o oKeep your lawn mower clea
Inspect mower before using -
remove all weeds, rope or wir
that may be tangled around
mower blade. Wipe off an
excess oil left on the engine.
clean machine is much easier
\" work on where you make per
odic adjustments. Sharpen th
blades as needed.
Clean up yard before mowing. Inspect your lawn. Pick up stone
sticks, wire and other debris in the area.
SKeep other people, especial
Children, away from th
vicinity of the mower whi
S1 | in use. Power mowers ha
been known to strike forei
objects, sending them trav
ing a great distance at hi
1, 11 speed. These could kill
S injure people. Also child
,J&qd" might touch a moving pa
of the mower and be injury
SDon't attempt to adjust belts or remove trash from mower wh
it is running. Never raise a mower on the side while it is runni
Be extra careful when getting close to a gasoline engine or elect
motor that is running.
GASOLINE POWER MOWERS:
SLearn the controls, especially how to stop the mower, before oper-
Gasoline Storage and Use:
a. Do not refill while engine is hot.
b. Store gasoline in an approved metal container, not a glass
jug that could break.
c. Allow expansion space when filling fuel tank. Heat causes
gasoline to expand and if it spills over the hot engine, fire
will likely result.
Adequate Ventilation-Crank Outdoors. Gasoline engines have
exhaust gases containing carbon monoxide, a deadly poison.
Starting the Engine.-
When starting the
mower, stand firmly
and make sure your
feet are in a safe posi-
Keep Clothing Away from Mower Loose clothing may become
entangled in the moving parts of the mower. This could result
in injury or death to the operator.
C. Do not operate electric
Smowers when ground is
wet. If the cord were
accidentally cut, or if
the mower has a short
in the wiring, the oper-
ator is in great danger.
S A person oh wet ground
Smay be killed if he
touches a live wire.
SBe careful not to cut cord. In using an electric mower, move back
and forth, working away from power source. If the electric
mower is used properly, there is little danger of cutting the cord.
When all areas of the lawn can be reached with 100 feet of heavy
conductor cord and there are not too many trees and other
obstacles, an electric mower will probably be ideal.
Always turn off an electric mower and disconnect the cord when
you leave it.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS
(Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914)
Agricultural Extension Service, University of Florida,
and United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperating
M. O. Watkins, Director