Fall Lawn Equipment Safety

Fall sometimes requires different yard equipment than you've been using all summer. Leaf blowers, log splitters, chipper shredders and mowers are all in high demand, but they also must be used with caution. That isn't a reason to stay away from them, though. Proper preparation and close attention to detail will ensure safety for you and those around you as you tackle your list of fall lawn care projects. Stay safe with these tips:

  • Read directions. Don't use fall lawn equipment without knowing how to use or assemble it properly. This includes new products, even if you've used the same type of fall lawn equipment before. New features can cause problems if you don't know how to use them.
  • Use safety features. Most fall lawn equipment comes with safety devices like locks and automatic shut off features. Don't tamper with them; they're part of the product for a reason. Remember to turn off any equipment you aren't actively using.
  • Dress the part. Don't wear jewelry or other objects or clothes that hang loosely off your body. Also remember to wear gloves, goggles or other protective gear when possible. Proper footwear, like boots and hard-soled shoes, are a must.
  • Pay close attention. Kids and animals often run around in an unpredictable manner, and could run up to you while you're using your fall lawn equipment. Keep an eye on their whereabouts at all times, or keep them inside while you work.
  • Use the right tool for the job. Your chipper vacuum, like the CSV 060 Chipper Shredder Vac, resembles a lawn mower but it won't cut the grass. Using the wrong tool can cause injury or ruin your project.

Follow these tips for a safe fall season, but always have a first aid kit handy for those small cuts and scrapes.