OPEI recommends safe mowing methods for slopes

With the mowing season soon in full force, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) outlined some safety procedures to keep in mind when mowing on slopes and inclines.

This article was originally published in Landscapemanagement.net

“If you are using your lawn mower on a slope, it is very important that you pay attention to the terrain, be vigilant of risks and know how to fully operate your mower,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “These best practices can help lawn mower operators avoid potential mishaps.”

Steep slopeThe safety tips are as follows. 

1. Exercise caution.

Operating any mower on a slope requires extra caution. Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip over accidents, which can result in severe injury.

2. Use the right equipment for the task.

Don’t select a product that may be too small or unsuitable for the job. Ask in the comments below or your dealer for assistance.

3. Know how to operate your mower.

Read the operator’s manual to understand the controls. Know how to stop your mower quickly and disengage the controls.

4. Survey the terrain.

Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks or other hidden objects.  Uneven terrain could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.

5. Be vigilant.

Be vigilant of risks, especially when operating on a slope.  On a slope there is a risk of slip and slide resulting in a loss of control. Be aware of the risks of rolling backward, dropping off a wall or bank and the potential to overturn into a water hazard.

Want to know more? Mowing Slopes Safely – Let’s Get Real About Hills.


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