Knowing how to safely clean a lawn mower can go a long way to protecting you from one of the most common garden accidents. Lawn mowers come in all shapes and sizes. However, with the exception of large sit-on mowers, safe cleaning techniques are pretty much the same.
How can I safely clean a lawn mower?
- Step One: Turn it off
This may sound obvious, but often the time you want to clean the mower is right after you’ve finished mowing. This makes sense from an efficiency perspective. However, to ensure you safely clean a lawn mower, you need to make sure it’s turned off. And not just at the machine. Turn it off at the mains, unplug it and wind up the wire.
This may seem a bit excessive but, when it comes to accidents with lawn mowers, you don’t want to take any chances. What if someone else in the house absent-mindedly switches the plug back on? It’s a risk you can’t afford to take.
- Step Two: Use protection
Wearing the right equipment significantly reduces the likelihood of suffering gardening injuries. When it comes to being able to safely clean a lawn mower, gloves are your most important piece of protective kit.
Lawn mower blades are sharp. Of course, you will take great care when wiping stray grass blades from them. However, wearing gloves just gives you that extra layer of protection and peace of mind.
- Step Three: Check it
Once you’ve finished cleaning, you want to make sure that your lawn mower is in good working order for next time. After all, the last thing you want is to discover that your lawn mower isn’t working right at the moment you need to use it.
So, plug it back in, switch it back on and check the blades are still whirring. Obviously, don’t do this with your hands!
Can I claim if I’m injured in an accident with my lawn mower?
Say, for example, your lawn mower malfunctions and subsequently causes you an injury. Do you have a case for personal injury compensation? The answer is… probably. If your lawn mower is within its warranty, you may have a claim to make.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way. Our expert advisors are on hand for a no-obligation consultation. For more information, call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice