Whether you are doing simple renovations to the home or just trimming the lawn, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Always ensure that products such as electric lawnmowers, barbecues, power tools, ladders, decorative lights, extension cords and safety apparel carry the mark of an approved certification agency such as CSA International. [See the marks]
- Read the manufacturer’s operating instructions and use products only as intended.
- Protect yourself by wearing protective eye and footwear certified by an approved certification organization such as CSA International. Hearing protection should be worn when operating loud machinery, vehicles or tools.
See additional Safety tips for lawn mowing equipment
- Before mowing, take the time to remove objects in your yard that may obstruct your mower, or be flung by the rotating blades.
- Never clear an obstruction in a running mower! If the mower is electric, turn off the power and unplug the machine. If it is gas, turn off the power and make sure the engine is not running and that all safety features have been activated.
Portable Power Tools
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- Inspect all power tools and cords before each use. Never use a power tool that has a cracked casing, loose parts or frayed cords. Ensure all safety guards are in place and in proper working order.
- Make sure the tool is turned off before it is plugged in or unplugged, and always unplug the tool before changing parts such as drill bits or cutting blades.
- Use only electric power tools that have either a three-prong plug or double insulation with a heavy enough gauge – or wire size – to handle the electricity load. Use an outlet with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter to protect against electric shock.
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- Check extension cords for wear and damage before each use. Discard any cords that are frayed or have damaged insulation.
- Be brief. Use an extension cord only as a temporary connection.
- Never connect more than one extension cord together. Instead, use a single cord that is long enough to reach from the outlet to an appliance or tool.
- When working outside, only use cords clearly labeled for outdoor use.
- Never run an electrical cord through a doorway or under a carpet. If a cord becomes hot when plugged in, discontinue use immediately and replace with a heavier gauge cord.