Lawn Equipment Safety
As the cold weather comes to an end (hopefully sooner rather than later) and we turn the corner and head into spring, we will realize that we have our work cut out for us in our backyards. Once the snow melts and the reality sets in that we have a lawn and garden that will need attention, into our sheds and garages we will go to dust off our battery or gas powered lawn equipment to get the job done. Using the lawn equipment may seem pretty straightforward, but we must realize that this equipment is powered by gasoline and lithium-ion batteries, which if not stored and used correctly, or under the wrong circumstances, can be quite dangerous. Below are some safety tips for gasoline and battery powered lawn equipment.
Safety Tips for Gasoline Powered Lawn Equipment:
- Store gasoline in an approved container or tank. Keep gasoline containers tightly closed and handle them gently to avoid spills.
- Gasoline is a flammable liquid and should be stored at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, a hot water heater, space heater, or a furnace, and a least 50 feet away from ignition sources, such as pilot lights. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition sources.
- Do not smoke where gasoline is handled or stored.
- Only refill gasoline into the gas tank when the engine and attachments are cool.
- Store gasoline in a building separate from the house, such as a shed or garage.
Safety Tips for Lawn Equipment Containing Lithium-Ion Batteries:
- Store battery packs indoors away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.
- When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from metal objects like nails, screws or keys.
- Keep battery packs dry, clean, and away from oil and grease.
- Do not use the equipment in the rain or allow the battery pack to get wet.
- Make sure battery pack is secured properly in the equipment before use.
- Do not use equipment near an open flame.
- Refer to your owner’s manual for more specific instructions.