Home & Work Safety

Outdoor Projects

Electric Lawn Mowers

Clear the lawn first.
Before mowing, check the area for twigs, rocks and other debris, which could be thrown out from under the mower. Have others leave the area to be safe from flying debris.

Keep electrical safety in mind.
  • Organize your work so that you first cut the area nearest the electric outlet, and then gradually move away. This cuts your chances of accidentally running over the power cord and being shocked.
  • Make sure your extension cord is the size recommended by the mower manufacturer and is designed for outdoor use.
  • Always use a GFCI-protected outlet or, if not available, a portable GFCI.
  • Push the mower forward; never pull it backward. Pulling increases the risk you could slip and pull it over your feet or the cord.
  • Make sure the mower's engine is shut down if you walk away from it. It is best to unplug it.
Avoid wet conditions.
To reduce shock risk, never use your electric lawnmower in the rain or when the ground is wet. This will also improve mower operation, since wet clippings tend to clog the discharge chute and shut down the engine.

Cut the grass closest to your electric outlet first and move outward in order to keep the electric cord safely behind you. Mow in dry conditions.