How can I use my lawnmower safely?

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Be sure to remove any debris like twigs and rocks from the area you plan to mow before you start

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

Be sure to remove any debris like twigs and rocks from the area you plan to mow before you start.

Electricity and water don’t mix, so avoid cutting the grass in very wet conditions or when it is raining.

If you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises, switch the lawnmower off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.

While using the lawnmower, constantly check that the mains lead is clear of the cutting blades.

Always turn off the lawnmower at the socket when not in use – even better, unplug it all together.

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

Store your lawnmower in a cool, dry place; if it's damp, clean it off properly before putting it away.

If you are using an extension lead, make sure it isn’t resting in a wet area and that the cable doesn’t run through standing water.

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