At MTD, our purpose is to inspire people to care for and enjoy the outdoor spaces they create. That’s why it’s important to be safe when using any type of outdoor power equipment. Whether the operator is new to using outdoor power equipment or not, it is vital they know and review the safety rules for the equipment they’re using at the beginning of each season.
General Safety Tips for Operating Outdoor Power Equipment
- Know any piece of outdoor power equipment before operating it, and make sure anyone who may operate the equipment reads, understands, and follows the warnings and instructions in the operator’s manual and on the machine.
- Use the equipment only as it is intended to be used. Do not remove or modify features, especially safety devices, in any way.
- Wear proper clothing, footwear, and eye protection for the equipment being used. Avoid wearing loose clothing and jewelry when operating outdoor power equipment.
- Clear the area of foreign objects and debris such as sticks, rocks, toys, and other equipment.
- Be aware of what is happening nearby. Watch for children, pets, cars, or anything in the area. Keep children indoors and under the supervision of an adult.
- Keep hands and feet away from moving parts.
- Do not attempt to exceed the limits of the equipment as noted in the operator’s manual, such as slope ratings or towing capabilities.
- Always allow the equipment to cool for at least 5 minutes before refueling, performing maintenance of any kind, or storing.
- Clean and maintain the equipment regularly and in accordance with instructions in the operator’s manual and on the machine.
- Handle power sources – whether gasoline, battery, or electric powered equipment – carefully, in accordance with instructions in the operator’s manual and on the machine.