How To Use an Edge Trimmer Safely

Whether you’re operating an old or new trimmer, its important you learn how to operate them safely. Trimmers are easy-to-use, but you’ll need to change the string fairly frequently, and maintaining them will ensure they last for a long time.

Additionally, it's important to pay attention to the safety features before diving in to using it.

First, you need to follow the user guide (mentioned below) before proceeding to the actual use and operation of the machinery. This is very important as any misstep may lead or cause physical injuries.

Secondly, after using the edge trimmer, it is important to remember that it should be stored in a safe place. As with any sharp devices, there is a chance children could get into it if not stored properly.

Lets get into the process of operating your new edge trimmer safely.

Before operating the device, make sure to review the product’s guidelines and safety procedures. This is very important as one misstep can lead to serious injuries. Here are a few other important check points:

You should inspect the device for damages and check whether the sharp edges and cover are secured properly.

Don’t operate the trimmer with the underside exposed. You always want to have the bottom of the trimmer facing down for your safety.

If the trimmer is electrical, make sure you are using a heavy duty extension cord to operate it. If you are using a lightweight cord, there is a chance that the trimmer could accidently cut through it when being used.

If any of the parts are damaged or broken, it is best to return your product and have it replaced with a new one.

This inspection process keeps you safe, but it also keeps the machine operating smoothly. Trimmers can jam frequently, and a lot of that can be prevented through this pre-use inspection.

Safely Using Your Trimmer

Once you’ve finished your inspection, here are the steps to safely operating your lawn trimming machine:

Make sure you wear the following items before starting the device: safety goggles, long pants, closed toe and sturdy shoes.

You must inspect your work area and  make sure that there are no pieces of loose objects around like stones, metal, etc.

The edge trimmer should be operated with its cutting head below the user’s waist. Avoid overreaching while the edge trimmer is still on.

Don’t operate an electrical trimmer in the rain. Generally speaking, the process will be a lot easier in dry conditions, so that the trimmings don’t stick together and clog your machine.

When trimming grass near trees with low hanging branches, be careful not to hit your head. It is easy to do when you are staring down, and you can hurt your eyes if not careful.

If you need to make adjustments to the device’s mechanical and maintenance components, make sure to power off and disconnect the electric cord to avoid any injuries.

After each use of the edge trimmer, place it in a secure place and not within reach of children.

Lastly, the device should also be maintained according to the manufacturer’s safety guidelines and instructions. Some of the maintenance you will need to do is: cleaning, lubricating and proper storage of the edge trimmer.

Conclusion

Edge trimmers are fantastic tools for maintaining your yard and lawn. While they look pretty safe and easy to use, there are a few safety precautions you need to follow to operate them safely. Once you observe these, though, you’ll find that this tool is an easy-to-use machine that will keep your lawn looking good.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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