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It's the season for lawn mower safety

Published: May 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Lawn mowing season has begun in the area, so here are a few safety tips supplied by the Guernsey and Noble Counties Long Term Recover Committee and the Emergency Management Agencies.

When using a lawn mower for the first time in a season, have it serviced to ensure that it is working properly. Set wheel height prior to starting the engine. Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawn mower equipment or crossing gravel paths, roads or other areas. Prevent overheating and fires by using a stick or broom handle to carefully clean debris and grass clippings from the cutting unit, muffler, and small engine prior to use. And only use mowers with a control that stops the mower blades from moving if the handle is let go.

Prevent overheating and fires by using a stick or broom handle to carefully clean debris and grass clippings from the cutting unit, muffler and small engine prior to use. Only use mowers with a control that stops the mower blades from moving if the handle is let go.

To prevent injuries from flying objects, pick up rocks, stones, twigs, wood chips as well as small toys every time before using the lawn mower. Keep children and pets clear of the area. Operators of lawn mowers should also wear earplugs, goggles, sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) with good traction and tight-fitting clothing (long pants and a long-sleeve shirt).

In summer, mow in the evening for the sake of the grass, but early enough that there's still plenty of light by which to see. Drive up and down slopes, not across to prevent mower rollover. Very steep slopes are dangerous to mow. Consider an alternative to grass in these cases such as ground covers.

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Hopefully, these tips provide a safer lawn mowing experience.

The GNCLTRC was formed to help develop recovery plans to be immediately activated to ensure that the communities are able to recover as quickly as possible when the next disaster strikes. The Committee is made up of local agencies, businesses, churches and other organizations which wish to help, and the Committee is looking for groups to join in providing manpower, materials, equipment and expertise.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 19 at 10 a.m. in first-floor meeting room of the Guernsey County Administration Building located at 627 Wheeling Ave.

You can help your county even if you are not affiliated with any group. As an individual (or an organization), you can make a donation for future recovery efforts in Guernsey and Noble Counties to United Way, C/O Disaster Fund, P. O. Box 5, Cambridge, Ohio 43725. Mark Long Term Recovery Committee in the memo area of your check. All monies (100 percent) that are raised through GNCLTRC stay in Guernsey and Noble Counties.

For more information, call the Guernsey County EMA at 740-432-9292 or the Noble County EMA at 740-732-7387.


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