The multiplication of domestic accidents has led public authorities to issue safety standards in the construction of tools for gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. (Non-contractual photo, does not necessarily reflect the drawing)
Applying these standards increases the cost of manufacturing these materials; however, some basic precautions would eliminate most accidents.
The first thing to do is to read carefully the instructions for use delivered with the equipment. Keep this document in a waterproof plastic case and secure it to the machine when it is stored.
Have this document with you during the work: you can easily refer to it when needed.
As with professionals, always wear protection when using sharp tools: gloves reinforced are essential when you operate a chainsaw, if only to avoid abrasions. Similarly, wearing a helmet is not useless when pruning or unplugging.
The Protective glasses, with edges encasing the temples, are very effective against chip splashes during sawing, delimbing, hedge trimming. The shoes reinforced toes or gardener's hooves provide good protection when mowing or even when using a chain saw.
Thermal engine machines require certain precautions related to the use of fuels. Of course, store fuel jerrycans away from sources of heat or sparks and away from electrical outlets, switches, fuses, circuit breakers that may cause sparks.
Refueling must also be done away from these sources of heat or sparks and refrain from smoking while using the machine. Do not leave in the sun a material whose tank has just been filled. During use, beware of the hottest parts of the engine (exhaust, cooling fins).
Whenever working on sharp tools, stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug to avoid restarting the engine by rotating the tool blade. When winterizing, drain the tank and carburetor completely, leaving the engine running until the fuel is completely exhausted. For long-term storage (more than three months), pour some oil into the cylinder through the spark plug hole (about 1/5 of the capacity) and replace it.
If it is a two stroke engine, place the piston in the top dead center. For a diesel, do not drain the fuel, but add an anti-icing product. If you want to protect the inside of the engine for long-term storage, insert the oil through the glow plug hole.
During the clearing work
Always avoid working bare-legs and bare-bones when using a machine that can spray hard debris : chainsaw, brushcutter, hedge trimmer. Keep children and pets away from the machine during work.
Never give up a machine, engine runningeven for a few moments.If you work on a slippery surface wear non-slip shoes. Avoid manipulating a machine in an acrobatic position unless you have secured yourself by means of a solid belt in a belt or, better yet, a safety harness.
As a rule, never work in an isolated and lonely place. Too many accidents that are not very serious originally turn into drama because the accident victim did not receive any rapid help. If, for example, you go into a wood working with a chainsaw, make sure you have a assistant and take a first aid kit.
In the event of an accident, limit yourself to dabbing the wound with compresses, avoiding as much as possible the tourniquet which one knows that can be at the origin of cardiac accidents. Lay the injured side down and avoid moving it as much as possible, especially if you fear fractures or internal trauma. Call for help, indicating very clearly the place of the accident.
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