Keep children out of the yard while mowing the lawn.
Do not allow passengers on a riding mower.
It is recommended that children under the age of 14 not be allowed to operate a power mower.
Always prepare your lawn before mowing. Be sure nothing is hidden in the grass, such as sticks, rocks, toys etc.
Handle the fuel with care. Never fill the tank on a mower that is hot. Never smoke or use any kind of flame around gasoline. Wipe up spills.
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes: long pants, long-sleeved shirts, eye protection, heavy gloves and sturdy, closed-toe shoes with slip-resistant rubber soles.
Make sure that protective guards, shields, the grass catcher, and other types of safety equipment are placed properly on the lawn mower and that your mower is in good condition.
If your lawn mower is electric, use a ground fault circuit interrupter to prevent electric shock.
Do not cut wet grass.
Never reach under a mower while it is still operating.
Store gasoline only in clearly marked containers approved for flammable liquids, outside of your home (preferably in a locked, detached shed) away from any heat sources.
Camping and Hiking
Plan ahead using a good map.
Learn about all camp and trail conditions as well as possible hazards prior to the hike.
Always know the location of the closest phone, alert others as to where you will be at all times.
Bring: drinking water, rain gear, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlights, extra food, clothing and batteries.
Summer Safety Tips for Pets
Be considerate to your pet in the hot summer months. Extreme heat can be fatal to a dog, so keep your pet inside when the temperature soars. In hot weather make sure there is a shady spot outdoors where your dog can escape the sun.
When keeping your pet outdoors, make sure to provide plenty of fresh water. Do not keep pets in vehicles for long periods of time. A dog can overheat very rapidly.
Make sure your fence is high enough so that your dog can't jump over it and deep enough that he won't dig under it. Also, keep your fence in good condition for the safety of your dog and others. Make sure you latch the gates securely.
Keep antifreeze, fertilizers, insecticides and other lawn, garden and pool chemicals in a shed or a garage and well out of your dog's reach. These potent products can be poisonous to your pet.
Be certain that garbage cans and compost bins are inaccessible to your pet. Fatty or decomposing foods can make your dog sick. Bones from chicken or other meat can splinter and puncture your dog's throat, intestine, or the roof of his mouth and cause injury to these areas.