Keep Safety in Mind While Doing Yardwork

Keep Safety in Mind While Doing Yardwork

Before you begin trimming, pruning and mowing your own corner of paradise, it’s important to consider the safety precautions that can help you prevent injury to yourself or others. Follow these top tips to avoid potential hazards while making your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

Before You Start

  • Before using outdoor power equipment, read your instruction manual.
  • Inspect your equipment before use. If you find a problem, visit a servicing STIHL Dealer to get it fixed.
  • When mixing fuel, use fresh fuel or try a premixed fuel like STIHL MotoMix®.
  • Assess your yard for any items that could cause damage if they get caught in a motor or cutting attachment.
  • Keep an eye out for poisonous plants in your yard.
  • Make sure bystanders, kids and pets are at least 50 feet away.

Protect Yourself

  • Even for quick outdoor jobs, protect your skin with sunscreen, a hat and bug spray.
  • Be sure to wear protective glasses, ear protection and gloves to help make outdoor work safer and more comfortable.
  • Protect your feet with rough-tread, water-resistant shoes.
  • Never operate a chainsaw without wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Always be aware of your working conditions and how they can contribute to the most common chainsaw reactive forces: kickback, pushback and pull-in.
  • Learn more about how STIHL chainsaw protective chaps work.

Choose the Right Tool for the Right Task

  • Determine your needs before you head out to the nearest store to buy a new piece of equipment. Try the STIHL Product Selectors tool to help you decide.
  • Consult with a local servicing Dealer before making a big spend. They will help you figure out how much power you really need to complete your yard tasks.

Don’t Forget Fido

Assess your property for these hidden safety risks for your pets:

  • The chocolate scent of cocoa mulch is enticing, but if ingested it can be deadly.
  • Fertilizers and plant food chemicals can also be poisonous; use those wisely.
  • Some of the most popular plants are poisonous to pets. Check this Humane Society list before selecting new plants.

When to Call a Pro
Some jobs are better left to the pros. Pick up the phone when:

  • You’re nervous about tackling a big yard job.
  • You need to prune a tree or cut a limb that would require leaving the ground or getting close to power lines.
  • You want to tackle a hardscaping project that could involve hours of tough labor that’s hard on backs and knees.
  • Visit Love Your Landscape to find a qualified pro in your area.