Summer is finally here and by now we’ve mowed the lawn, trimmed the hedges and considered starting an outdoor project. I would like to take this opportunity to share an important lesson I learned recently.
Let me preface this story by saying I consider myself a “handyman.” During my childhood, my dad owned a one person construction company. By the time I was 15 years old, I could replace windows, repair a leaky roof, and even build a deck. Much to my mother’s chagrin, I started working with power tools at an early age. Needless to say, I’m comfortable operating power tools and heavy machinery.
I always wear headphones and listen to music when doing yard work. The day after a heavy rain, I desperately needed to mow the lawn. Once the lawn was mowed I decided to edge the sidewalk and driveway. Since it had rained the day before, the ground was soft and the edger kept clogging. The edger was almost out of gas so I sat it down, retrieved the gas from the garage, filled it with gas and went to unclog the blades. Since I was wearing headphones, I couldn’t hear the edger was still running with the throttle lock on. I stuck my hand in the edger and that’s when it happened. OUCH! That was painful. Fortunately, the blade hit my fingernail which saved my finger.
I received a tetanus shot, but didn’t need stitches. The finger wasn’t broken, but very, very sore. I didn’t lose my fingernail, just my dignity. I keep telling myself, “I can’t believe I did that.” I knew better.
This is a reminder to be cautious when using power tools and outdoor power equipment. Wear eye and hand protection and don’t stick your hand in an edger unless it’s powered off.
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