How can I use my grass strimmer safely?

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Ensure pets and children are kept away from the area you’re working in

Answered by Rupert, Electrical Safety Expert

Ensure pets and children are kept away from the area you’re working in.

Always use the same size of line or blade as outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions.

Make sure you wear sturdy shoes that cover your toes and long trousers when using your electric grass strimmer. You should also consider wearing goggles and grip gloves for extra safety.

Don’t use your grass strimmer when it’s raining, or damp on the ground.

Check the area for any wildlife, debris or trip hazards before you begin.

Keep the cord over your shoulder and well out of the way during use to prevent cutting through it.

Be extra careful when working near to gravelled areas – if a stone gets caught up in the mechanism and is then spat out, it could cause serious injury.

If your strimmer cuts out, turn it off before attempting to inspect it for any problems/blockages.

If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get to safety and call 999 immediately.

Always unplug your grass strimmer before cleaning.

Store in a cool, dry place.

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