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ON FARM AND
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE
This circular has been prepared to help users of power mowers to
avoid accidents with this equipment. The suggestions given and the
hazards listed do not cover all unsafe practices with power mowers.
If a person uses common sense and realizes that no machine is
safer than the operator who uses it, he should be able to avoid acci-
dents with power mowers.
SRead Instruction Manual. The
manufacturer wants you to get
good service and not be injured.
a Follow the instructions given.
0 Keel) your lawn mower clean.
Inspect mower before using -
remove all weeds, rope or wire
that may be tangled around
mower blade. Wipe off any
excess oil left on the engine. A
i clean machine is much easier to
q work on where you make peri-
t L* odic adjustments. Sharpen the
blades as needed.
* Clean up yard before mowing. Inspect your lawn. Pick up stones,
sticks, wire and other debris in the area.
Keep other people, especially
children, away from the
vicinity of the mower while
= vin use. Power mowers have
\, been known to strike foreign
S\objects, sending them travel-
Sing a great distance at high
speed. These could kill or
Si/ injure people. Also children
'' / ,CD might touch a moving part
of the mower and be injured.
* Don't attempt to adjust belts or remove trash from mower while
it is running. Never raise a mower on the side while it is running.
Be extra careful w ien getting close to a gasoline engine or electric
motor that is running.
GASOLINE POWER MOWERS:
0 Learn 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 t' i-
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.
____ mowers when ground is
Sweet. If the cord were
accidentally cut, or if
the mower has a short
in the wiring, the oper-
ator is in great danger.
~ iA person on wet ground
may be killed if he
*I touches a live wire.
* Be careful not to cut cord. In using an electric mower, move back
and forth, workir g 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,
Florida State University and United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperating
M. O. Watkins, Director