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Dallas’ acres of turf are fertile ground for potentially deadly accidents

July 18, 2013

Dallas is a city of lawns in a nation of lawns. Americans maintain more than 40 million acres of turf, according to Duke University’s dean of the Nicolas School of the Environment. The vast majority of us maintain lawns and shrubs with outdoor power equipment, maybe without realizing that we are dealing with dangerous machinery.

For one thing, gasoline-fueled power equipment emits carbon monoxide and should never be used in a closed-in area. For another, safe repair and maintenance on power equipment depends on letting the equipment completely cool first. Jeff Linderman,’s on-staff landscaping expert, warns: “Check the oil level and refuel the engine only when the engine is completely cool. Gasoline spills on a hot engine could result in an instant fire.”  Read more from the article here.