How can I use my hedge trimmer 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.

Don’t use your hedge trimmer when it’s raining.

Wear suitable, non-slip footwear whilst using the hedge trimmer; it’s also advisable to wear gloves and safety goggles.

Remove any loose debris from the hedge before you get started.

Keep the cord behind you and far out of the way during use.

Always hold the hedge trimmer with both hands, well out in front of you.

If you encounter a tough patch of growth, don’t force the hedge trimmer over it as it could rebound and cause injury.

Make sure you always maintain secure footing and avoid overreaching.

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

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

Always turn off the hedge trimmer of at the socket or unplug before cleaning it, and follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions carefully.

Store your hedge trimmer in a cool, dry place.

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