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A Surgeon’s PSA for Lawn Mower Safety

A Surgeon’s PSA for Lawn Mower Safety

Lawn Mowing Safety Tips

While the number of lawn mower accidents that happen are relatively small, the severity of the injuries are often catastrophic. The good news is that the majority of them can be prevented with a few safety measures. Here are some tips to help keep your loved ones safe:

When Is My Child Old Enough To Mow The Lawn?

  • Push Mower: Age 12 or older 
  • Riding Mower: Age 16 or older 

Before teaching your child to mow the lawn, it is important to spend time reviewing the following safety tips. 

Before Mowing The Lawn:

  • Pick up objects from lawn, such as stones and toys, to prevent injuries from flying objects
  • Kids under the age of 15 should never be in the yard when someone else is mowing
  • Neither children nor adults should ride as a passenger on a riding mower

While Mowing:

  • Wear hard-soled shoes (no sandals or sneakers), hearing and eye protection
  • Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and look behind you when you do
  • Turn off mower and wait for blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths

Even though a lot of lawn mowers come with safety features, improper use could result in injuries. Be sure to read the safe procedures outlined in your operators manual. 

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