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What you can do to avoid lawn mowing injuries.

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mowing the lawn is a chore that comes with summer, and even though most of us don’t love the task, it’s all worth it when we see the lush green grass afterwards. 

But lawnmowers pose tremendous risks if not properly operated. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013 alone, more than 200,000 people across the U.S. were admitted to the hospital or treated in a clinic or emergency department for lawn mower-related injuries. 

Here are recommendations for safely operating your lawn mower: 
    • Wear sturdy shoes when mowing, not sandals or sneakers. 
    • Make sure children are not in the yard while a lawn mower is being used.
    • Only use lawn mowers equipped with a control that stops the mower blade if the handle is released.
    • Do not allow children younger than 12 to operate a push lawn mower.
    • Do not allow children younger than 16 to operate a driving lawn mower.
    • Remove stones, toys and other items from the lawn before mowing to prevent injuries from flying objects.
    • Wear protective glasses or goggles when mowing.
    • Don’t pull lawn mowers backwards or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. If the lawn mower is used in reverse, carefully check that no children are in its path.
    • Always turn the mower off and wait for the blades to stop moving before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, crossing paths or roads, or making repairs.
    • Don’t use your hands or feet to remove debris from lawn mowers (use a broom handle instead).
    • Don’t take children for rides on lawn mowers.
    • Drive up and down slopes, not across to prevent a lawn mower from rolling over.
    • Properly maintain or service lawn mowers so they are in good working order. We wish you a safe and happy summer with your family and friends!