Use any trimmer sensibly and safely
Last reviewed: May 2008
Most of the nearly 4,000 trimmer-related injuries in 2004 involved lacerated fingers. Cut extension cords also caused shock
and other injuries. To minimize the risks when trimming:
- Never use electric trimmers in the rain, on wet grass or shrubs, or near water. Use an undamaged extension cord rated for
outdoor use, and plug it into an outlet with a ground fault circuit interrupter (or use a GFCI-equipped cord).
- Keep cords safely looped behind you.
- Wear safety goggles, ear protection, work gloves, nonslip shoes, and clothing that won't get caught in the blades.
- Don't overreach, especially on a ladder.
- Keep both hands on the trimmer, and fingers and other parts of your body away from the blades when trimming.
- Turn off the power and wait for the blades to stop before adding fuel or removing debris.
- Use a blade cover (often sold separately) when carrying and storing a trimmer.