what may be the best tip of all—pay attention to what you are
doing. Work deliberately and thoughtfully, considering always
the possible reaction to your action!
distance from the base of the wall to the base of the ladder
should be 1/4 the height of the ladder. Most ladders have a
graphic on the side to help you determine if the ladder is set
at the proper angle.
sure the ladder's footpads are secure on the ground. Shim them
the ladder to be sure it will not shift. If necessary, tie it
off to keep it in place.
all ladders—especially metal ladders—away from electrical lines
and pay attention to overhead lines when moving an extended
ladder into position.
attempt to stretch while on a ladder. If you can't reach, move
use a ladder that is in good condition.
one under 14 should operate a power mower.
give children rides on a mower. In fact, it's best to keep kids
entirely out of the area while the lawn is being mowed.
eye and ear protection. Add a dust mask if you have allergies.
an eagle eye out for any debris that could be picked up and
thrown by the blade.
use your hand to dislodge an object caught in the blade, even
if the engine is off and the sparkplug is pulled. That's
because the blade may be under tension and will spring forward
when the blockage is removed.
refuel outdoors, not in a garage or shed. Allow the engine to
cool before refueling.
mowing slopes, mow side to side with walk-behind mowers, go
up and down the slope with a riding mower.