Lawn Mower Safety

We had a horrible accident in our area a couple of months ago involving a 3-year-old child and a power lawn mower. The specifics are gruesome and so I will spare you those. But please take to heart these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and be safe.

  • Only use a mower that is fitted with a control that stops the mower blade from spinning if the handle is let go.
  • Children younger than 16 years old should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers.
  • Children younger than 12 years old should not use walk-behind mowers.
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.
  • Make sure that the person doing the mowing wears sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) while mowing.
  • Before you begin mowing, pick up any stones, branches, toys, etc., so that objects in the lawn won’t be sent flying.
  • Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.
  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you before you mow in reverse.
  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher or unclogging the discharge chute or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
  • Be aware that the blades of some mowers, particularly of the electric variety, fall silent, or nearly so, even before the blade has stopped whirling completely—don’t merely trust your ears to tell you that they blade has stopped. 
  • Keep children out of the yard while you are mowing.
  • To prevent mower rollover, walk or drive your mower straight up and down any slopes, not sideways along the contours of the slopes.
  • Keep your mower’s guards, shields, switches, and safety devices in proper working order at all times.
  • Children in the vicinity of a running lawnmower should have on polycarbonate protective eye wear at all times.

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