Staying safe on your ride-on Lawnmower
Over the years we have heard some dreadful horror stories concerning ride on lawnmowers, some of which are truly tragic. People often forget that ride on lawnmowers are dangerous vehicles that need to be ridden with care and attention!
While many people suffer bruises or sprains in accidents, some of the injured suffer broken bones and amputations and, tragically, a number of people lose their lives.
Here are our top tips for ensuring you are safe on your ride on lawnmower, so that you can avoid putting yourself in danger...
Slow and steady is the safest way to mow
It can be tempting to treat your new mower as a new toy and wiz around you garden like it’s no bodies business but we strongly advise against this. Most cases of injuries result from moving mowers or machines flipping over. You mower isn’t a toy and it isn’t worth risking your life or losing a leg over.
Many people get hit by objects or flying debris, or sustained injuries while unloading the mower or servicing it. Be careful and alert at all times!
Watch out for people- ESPECIALLY children!
Tragically, a large number of people run over by a mower are children who had been sitting on the driver's lap and had fallen off, so this is a big no-no. We have also heard tragic tales of children losing limbs after being pulled under mowers – so be extra careful if you have young children playing in your garden. Keep them indoors or well out of the way while you’re mowing your lawn – the risk simply isn’t worth it! Of course, you need to look out for adults as well, especially when you’re reversing.
Maintenance must never be carried out while the mower is plugged in! Oh, and it is also a good idea to wear strong shoes and trousers rather than shorts and flip flops when mowing.