Push Mower Safety

Lawn mowers are a common lawn care tool, but they still need to be handled with safety in mind. Kids under the age of 15 are especially vulnerable to injury from lawnmowers. The following are important considerations for safe lawn mower operation.

Safety For Push Mowers

  • Be sure to completely read the safety information contained in the operator’s manual.
  • Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
  • Do not put your hands or feet near or under the mower.
  • Never tilt a mower; always keep all four wheels on the ground.
  • Do not pull the mower backward unless absolutely necessary. Always look down and behind before and while mowing backwards.
  • Tragic accidents can occur with children. Do not allow children anywhere near the area of operation.
  • Children are often attracted to the unit and mowing activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. If there is a risk that children may enter the area where you are mowing, have another responsible adult watch them.
  • The blades on mowers spin very fast and can pick up and throw debris that could seriously injure a bystander.
  • Be sure to clean up the area to be mowed before you start mowing.
  • Do not operate a lawnmower with the discharge guard (reflector) or engine grass catcher installed.
  • The mower deck has spinning mower blades that can amputate hands and feet.
  • Do not allow anyone near the mower while it is running.
    Always allow the mower blade(s) to stop completely before leaving the mower’s operator’s position.
  • Always turn off the mower when crossing a sidewalk or a driveway.

Handling Petrol

  • Never smoke when filling the petrol tank.
  • Never keep petrol in the house or fill a petrol tank indoors.
  • Never store the machine or fuel container where there is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as near a water heater or other appliances.
  • Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck bed with a plastic bed liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before filling.
  • Wipe up petrol spills immediately and do not attempt to start the engine but move the machine away from the area of spillage and avoid creating any source of ignition until fuel vapors have dissipated.
  • Never over-fill the fuel tank. Replace fuel cap and tighten securely.
  • Never remove the fuel cap or add fuel with the engine running. Allow the engine to cool, before refueling.


  • Be sure to take the right safety precautions before you mow.
  • Never attempt to lift or repair a mower with the engine running.
  • When mowing with a push mower, wear heavy-duty shoes with non-slip soles and long pants to protect your legs.
  • Always wear eye protection when operating a mower.
  • Don’t mow a wet lawn or late in the day when the light is dim.
  • Never let the starter rope snap back when starting the mower.
  • Always mow up and down an incline with a traditional (i.e. unit with steering wheel) riding mower.
  • Always mow across an incline with a residential push mower.
  • Never adjust mower height, clean grass chute, or remove grass catcher with the engine running.
  • Always stay clear of a hot engine. Mufflers can reach up to 648 degrees Celsius.


  • Cutting the grass too short causes weak, thin grass plants, which are easily damaged by dry periods and pests.
  • Letting grass grow a bit longer—especially when it is hot and dry—reduces heat build-up, preserves needed moisture and protects the grass from heat damage and other problems.
  • A good rule of thumb is the 1/3 rule: to cut no more than one third of the grass height, and never more than 1 inch at a time.