Let’s review the main safety measures to keep us and our families safe.
- If you haven’t read the operator’s manual on safety yet this season, pull it out and review all the safety points. If you don’t understand something, call a friend or the equipment company who will kindly answer your questions.
- If you do not have an operator’s manual call the company and request one.
- Check all shields guards and safety signs to see that they are correctly in place to prevent possible cut injuries or entanglement.
- To prevent bystanders from being hit with thrown objects, you should make sure discharge deflectors are in place and working properly.
- If you have older equipment without guards, spend a little money. Ask your dealer to bring it up to safety codes and standards.
- Make sure the cutoff switch (connected to the seat of your riding lawn mower) is working.
- Always wear your seat belt to prevent falling from the tractor and being run over. You should also avoid using a tractor without a Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS).
- Do not allow riders to either sit or stand on the mower or equipment as this can result in serious injury or death should they slip or fall.
- Never, never, never attempt to adjust, repair, or perform maintenance on your equipment without first stopping all moving parts, including the engine.
- Before you work near or under a cutter deck, make sure it is securely supported and/or held in place to prevent being struck by any falling object.
Part of this information came from the ADMA and I recommend their web site for more information on safety: admausa.com. If you want to know any information about yards or pastures, call the Lincoln Cooperative Extension Service office at 704.736.8461 or check out our website at: Lincoln.ces.ncsu.edu.
For more information contact Glenn Detweiler, Livestock & Forage Extension Agent for Lincoln County residents and surrounding area at 405.219.1902.
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