Ways To Prevent Lawnmower Injuries

Part One

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.

Part Two

  • 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.

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