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Safety Tips from the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council

Yard and Garden Safety

Before heading outside to garden or do other yard work, remember accidents can, and do, occur at home. More than 173,000 injuries were associated with yard and garden equipment in 2005, according to the National Safety Council. But by taking some simple precautions, you can reduce the chance of being injured while fixing up your yard.

As the weather becomes warmer and days are longer, we spend as much time as we can outdoors enjoying our backyards. Many of us tackle do-it-yourself projects and others are happy just being outside. But, to be safe, it is important to remember the following safety tips when working in the yard:

Riding Mowers

Fatal accidents have occurred from riding lawn mowers, and the risk of an accident is almost twice as likely with a riding lawn mower as a walk-behind mower. The following are general instructions when operating a riding mower:

Power Lawn Mowers


Chain Saws

Trim N’Edge Trimmer

String Trimmers

Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212