To maintain your yard in top shape, you need to use tools. If you ask many homeowners, they will tell you that they have encountered many accidents when maintaining their yards. This doesn’t have to be you. To help you out, here are tips given by landscaping professionals on how to be safe when working with the various landscape maintenance tools:
Safety when working with chainsaws
You need these tools to trim your trees and shrubs. If you have used chain saws before, you know that they can be extremely dangerous. You should be cautious when working with them. When using them, have the right clothing. You should wear gloves, earplugs, safety glasses, steel-toed work boots, helmet, and tight clothing. When working, plant your feet firmly on the ground and avoid overstretching yourself. It’s common for tree branches to get stuck in the teeth of the machine. To remove them, first, switch off the machine.
Lawn mower safety tips
If you are like most homeowners, you use your lawnmower at least once a week. There are many types of lawnmowers, and they require different safety measures. Regardless of the machine, you are using, wear the right protective clothing. This calls for you to wear earplugs, footwear with traction, tight fitting clothing, and goggles. When operating a walk-behind mower check the lawn and get rid of any objects that shouldn’t be there. This calls for you to get rid of stones, bottles, and any other material.
If your mower has a bag attachment, turn off the machine first before you remove or re-attach the bag. Due to the hectic schedules, some homeowners opt to mow their yards at night or early in the morning. While you can still do a good job at this time, the best time to do the mowing is in the evening. The grass is easier to cut at this time. There is also ample light; thus you are less likely to hurt yourself.
Snow blower safety tips
If you live in snow-prone areas, you have to get rid of snow in your yard to maintain its beautiful look. Whether using a gas or electric snow blower, you should realize that the machines are dangerous. Just like when using any other machine exercise caution when using them. When snow-blowing the end of your driveway, be cautious of traffic. As rule of thumb never turn your back to the traffic. If you aren’t confident of your skills, hire a landscaping contractor to help you out instead of risking your safety.