This article was originally published in October 2017 and was updated in September 2022 for accuracy.
Summer Comes to an End
It seems like yesterday I wrote a blog about on Spring Safety, now the time has come to trade the electric trimmer for the rake, the lawnmower for the leaf blower, and the air conditioner for the space heater (hopefully later rather than sooner).
Before we make the full transition from summer mowing to fall cleanup, please keep the following safety tips in mind:
11 Fall Safety Tips
- Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. Check fall yard tools, such as leaf blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away
- Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until spring
- Raking leaves? Prevent back injuries by standing upright while raking and pull from your arms and legs. Don’t overfill leaf bags, and when picking them up, bend at the knee and use your legs, not your back, for support
- Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer
- Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords to prevent them from catching fire
- If you use a leaf blower, shield yourself; Wear appropriate clothing, eye protection, and work boots to prevent injury
- Don’t point the blower at people or animals when using it. It can whip up fine dust or other dangerous bits of trash that can easily hit someone and/or get it their eyes
- Do not alter the blower or remove any safety features such as grounding pins or blade guards
- Never use a plug-in electric blower while standing on any wet surface
- Before storing your leaf blower, allow the engine to cool completely
- Do not allow children to play in leaf piles near the curb. The piles can obstruct the view of drivers and put your child in danger, especially since it starts getting dark outside earlier