According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) the following are recommended ways to prevent lawnmower injuries:
- Make sure that children are indoors or at a safe distance well away from the area that you plan to mow.
- Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.
- Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.
- Children under age 12 should not use walk-behind mowers.
- Children under age 16 should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers.
- Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.
- Inspect the lawn before mowing and pick up hidden objects in the grass.
- Make sure that sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing.
- Try to use a mower with a control that stops the mower from moving forward if the handle is let go.
- Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
- Make sure that blade settings are done by an adult, with the mower off and the spark plug removed or disconnected.
- Start and refuel mowers outdoors, not in a garage or shed. Mowers should be refueled with the motor turned off and cool.
- Use a collection bag for grass clippings or a plate that covers the opening where cut grass is released.