Lawnmower safety tips
Each year, thousands of people are taken to emergency rooms for treatment following lawnmower accidents. Only a small percentage of the injuries are caused by mechanical failure; most are the result of human error.
Here are some tips to follow before and while mowing your lawn:
- Become familiar with your mower
Read the owner's manual before using for the first time, and learn how the controls work so you can stop the machine quickly in case of emergency.
- Proper clothing is essential
Always wear non-slip shoes, not tennis shoes or sandals; steel toe footwear offers the best protection. Long pants help protect your legs from objects that may be thrown from under the mower. Use earplugs to prevent hearing loss.
- Never leave a mower running unattended
A mower can be fascinating to a child; if the mower has an electric start, never leave the key in the ignition if unattended.
- Beware the blade
The mower blade must be sharp and travel at a high speed. If a hand or foot gets under the mower while the engine is running, it can cause serious injury. NEVER attempt to unclog or work on a lawnmower while the engine is on.
Lawnmowers are valuable, highly functional but potentially hazardous machines. Treat them with respect, and make sure those around you - especially children - are protected.