Weekend Yard Warriors Practice Safety Solutions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/19/04

Weekend Yard Warriors Practice Safety Solutions

It's time for all green thumbs to hedge the bushes and mow the lawn. But if you want to keep your thumbs, you need to follow these Safety Solutions.

Before turning on the lawn mower, read the owner's manual and learn the controls well enough to act instantly in case of an emergency.

If it's a gas powered mower, fill the tank outdoors. John Drengenberg, Manager of Consumer Affairs for Underwriters Lab Inc. explains why, "Gasoline presents a common household fire hazard and can be very dangerous. It's important to store gasoline only in a container that has an Underwriters Lab Inc. safety mark." Each year 18 billion products undergo rigorous safety testing at the Underwriters Lab Inc. to get that safety mark.

When mowing, make sure you wear shoes with sturdy soles. Never work barefoot or in sandals. If you hit a foreign object while mowing, turn the mower off and disconnect the cord before inspecting for damage.

When using powered garden tools, check for any frayed wires or other damage before using. Drengenberg says, "First make sure any tool you're using is switched off. Make sure it's plugged into a ground fault circuit type interrupter outlet and work away from the outlet with your tool so the cord doesn't interfere with your work."

Finally, always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes while working in the yard. This will prevent sharp objects like rocks and sticks from ricocheting into your eyes.

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