Can You Identify These Power Equipment Warning Signs?

Posted September 14, 2016 by 22 Comments

Many of these important warning and danger signs commonly found in the owners’ manuals of power equipment may seem funny, but the threat of injury while servicing your equipment can be very real. Do you know what these common hazard signs mean?

Let’s start with dismemberment, shall we?



Moving belts are extremely dangerous. Getting any loose clothing, loose jewelry, fingers, hands, toes, feet or hair caught in a moving belt is going to result in a bad time. Don’t attempt to service or even be close to a moving belt.


Quite obviously, the same applies to blades. Never be near a blade that is moving and be careful while working with blades that aren’t even moving. Wear heavy gloves.


Never reach down a chute or into your machine while the machine is on or capable of turning on. Make sure you can clearly see where you’re reaching while performing any maintenance on your equipment.

rotating parts

By now, we can establish a general rule that quite simply states, “don’t touch moving stuff”. Stay clear of rotating parts such as pulleys, blades, etc. Wait until all moving parts have stopped before servicing your equipment.

The Elements: Temperature and Gas


As with automobiles, your power equipment will get hotter as it runs. Avoid burns by allowing your equipment to completely cool down before servicing or touching it in any way.


Never run your engine in an area that has poor ventilation. Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which is an odorless gas that is very deadly.


Gasoline is extremely flammable and smoking around it is very dangerous. Take danger and risk out of the equation by not smoking near your equipment or fuel.

Riding Safety


Unfortunately, riding mowers aren’t designed for two people. Having more than one person on a riding mower can be extremely hazardous. Keep everyone safe and don’t attempt it.


Be aware of children and your surroundings in general while operating your equipment. The more aware you are, the safer everyone is. You also wouldn’t want to hit a stump on your riding mower, would you?


Only ride on slopes that your machine can handle. Be familiar with the information found in your operator’s manual to understand what kind of terrain your machine can handle and the best and safest way to maneuver it.

Flying Objects


Last but not least, ricochet. It’s very likely that your machine is capable of not only picking up small objects, but throwing them in random directions at dangerous speeds. You can use your equipment for quite a while without this ever happening, but it is very possible. The operator and all nearby pedestrians should be aware of the possibility of ricochet.

So what can we take away from all of this? Don’t touch any part of your machine that is still hot or moving, be very familiar with your owner’s manual, and most importantly, awareness is safety!


  1. Jose Luis Hernandez
    on September 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I think every body should have those Signs on their equipment including My self. Very Good Brandon T.

    I need a Whole set of Warning sings.

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  2. Glen Pettit
    on September 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Really great warning signs — these pictures seem to communicate so much more than just words. Each tells much more than 1,000 words could do, plus the image is much easier to recall. I plan to blow up and post each of these here in our shop.
    Thank you.

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  3. Loner R Moore
    on September 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Common sense and knowledge of the equipment you are operating will eliminate 99% of all accidents associated with this type equipment. The ones with no common sense or knowledge of how the equipment works need the warning signs and are responsible for the vast majority of accidents. Do you really have to look at a sign to let you know not to touch a spinning blade?

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  4. M. Curtess
    on September 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Geez! How stupid can people be? (And how willing to admit that they are!) I never needed any such warning decals to tell me NOT to do those things. After all – I survived nicely for decades before I ever saw one of them. Depressing!

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  5. Ed Morton
    on September 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Very good signs they tell the whole story thanks for posting maybe need to put up a big billboard.

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  6. Bruce Shultzaberger
    on September 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Yeah the manufacturer has to put the symbols on equipment for smart people who have no common sense for liability reasons.

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  7. Michael Blair
    on September 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I work as a machinist and see similar warning signs with equipment used daily and appreciate the same on my weekend equipment. Yes some of the symbols are funny to see and imagine that will not happen to me, but they are no laughing matter. Be safe everyone and thanks thanks for sharing Brandon.

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  8. JB
    on September 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    They should be in color… red makes a much better impression!

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  9. William
    on September 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Very good info all equip should have warning symbols

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  10. William
    on September 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Good job Jacks’s

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  11. Raymond Chatelain
    on September 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Excellent warning signs. People should never take things for granted. Riding mowers are dangerous and should be operated according to the way it was designed.

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  12. Alice McCol
    on September 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Happy for the guy who “never needed any such warning decals to tell me NOT to do these things.” Blessed is he who survived for decades before seeing a warning sign decal. But people are not stupid, just human and on occasion, it is good for a reminder about safety around power equipment. I, too, have been around power equipment for decades with no mishaps and fewer warning decals than we have now. Kudos to safety warnings/decals. Good job, Brandon T.

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  13. Jim
    on September 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Some people should never posses or be near power equipment .

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  14. Gary Wahl
    on September 14, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Great warning signs Brandon! Every homeowner and lawn & equpment operator should know and understand their meaning prior to using any power equipment! Always SAFETY FIRST! Learn it know it and practice it!

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  15. Al Werner
    on September 14, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Well done. Illustrating these warning decals does everyone a good turn: we’re all vulnerable to moments of absent-mindedness,even those of us who are fussy about hazards and safety.

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  16. leo blackie
    on September 15, 2016 at 5:37 am

    can i get a poster for my shop

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    on September 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Most people don’t even read them or
    read high way speed limit stop and no passing signs but read there texts on cell phone we all see them every day when we are on the highway what danger warning lables

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  18. Mike Kessler
    on September 15, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    There’s no substitute for brains. No amount of warning signs will help those poor fools lacking one.

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  19. Warren Osborne
    on September 16, 2016 at 6:58 am

    If you don’t have any brains at all. Don’t operate equipment, period.
    All the safety stickers in existence doesn’t help my fly an F-22.

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    on September 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm


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  21. Robert Fagga
    on September 21, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Great post! I work alone all day with multiple types of equipment.Safety is priority one.Takes no longer to be safe.

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  22. Jade Brunet
    on October 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    It is good to be familiar with the power equipment warning signs. It is good to know that smoking is prohibited while using these tools because gasoline is extremely flammable and smoking around it is dangerous. Something to consider would be to not only recognize these warning signs but to obey them with exactness to prevent accidents and injuries.

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