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Take Your Farm Into The 21st Century

I learned farming from my dad, who learned the art of cultivating crops from his father. I can tell you that over the years, a lot of things have changed. Although a lot of the basic farming principles remain the same, technology has evolved for farmers too. These days, I can reap more crops than I ever could before, which has made my business a lot more profitable. As you read through the agricultural information on my website, think about how these concepts could help your own business. Don't be afraid to try new things and to work with new companies, because it can improve your own company.

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Essential Strategies To Teach Your Preteen About Lawn Mower Safety

As your child reaches the preteen years, you may be getting regular requests about ways to earn some cash. One possibility involves letting your youngster take on some lawn care tasks. You must be certain he or she is responsible enough to follow safety instructions if using a powered push mower is part of the project. To you, lawn mower safety procedures may seem like common sense, but every year, thousands of people need medical treatment for injuries that happened while working with a lawn mower. 

The Statistics

Some 200,000 Americans received medical treatment for injuries involving lawn mower use in 2010. That's an important statistic to impress upon your preteen, along with some other disturbing facts. Emergency room personnel see patients with facial cuts and other lacerations, eye injuries, burns, broken bones and even amputated fingers, toes, hands or feet—all caused by unsafe use of a lawn mower. 

Strategies to Prevent Injury

Teach your youngster essential strategies to prevent being hurt while cutting the grass, and to prevent others from getting hurt. 

  • Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. 
  • Clean up debris on the lawn before mowing. Small rocks and branches can become hazardous projectiles if struck by a mower blade.
  • Never jimmy-rig the safety bar so it stays attached to the handle if the person lets go. People are tempted to do this because restarting the equipment is a hassle, but it's dangerous.
  • Don't let a younger sibling or neighborhood kid try pushing the mower. It's not a toy.
  • Only move the mower forward, not backward. It's risky to pull the device toward one's feet. 
  • Don't cut the grass when it's wet. Not only is the lawn slippery, the blades don't do a very good job on wet grass.

An especially important piece of advice for the preteen is to never try to fix a problem with the equipment under any circumstances, even if it's not running. Let your child know you won't get mad if it appears that he or she has broken the mower. Fixing it should be left to you. 

Concluding Thoughts

If you've determined that your youngster is ready to start cutting the grass and doing other yard care tasks, set up a regular schedule for these projects. If you think it's still too soon, consider hiring a professional lawn care service (such as Valley Green Companies) if you have trouble fitting these tasks into your own schedule. Your child can learn a great deal about equipment safety by watching the pros.