At Briggs & Stratton, we love our yards more than most, but there is a proper time and place for taking care of it. Here are recommended lawn care tips to recognize for your safety before a storm and yard clean up afterward.
Don't work in your yard when a storm is in the area. Thunderstorms can be very dangerous, even if they seem miles away. If you hear thunder, stop mowing, raking, or whatever you are doing in the yard and seek shelter. Don't rush to complete a task - lightening can strike long before the rain starts. After you hear the last thunderclap, wait 30 minutes before going back outside.
Pick up yard debris once the storm has passed. Sometimes, the best time for emergency preparedness is immediately after a storm, when it’s top of mind. When the storm has passed, assess any storm damage in your yard. Remove broken tree limbs and pick up windblown debris immediately to avoid injuries and to limit your yard clearing duties the next time you mow.
The weather is always unpredictable, but by taking a few steps to prepare, we can avoid some of those harrowing storm stories. Visit http://www.ready.gov for more tips on keeping your family safe during a storm.