Lawn Mower Safety
The lawn mower is an important tool for your yard. It is fun to mow the lawn and take pride in how your home looks. The lawn mower, as useful as it is, is also very dangerous. Every year, there are around 68,000 people injured from using a lawn mower. Of these injuries, over 9,000 are kids under the age of 18.
- A lawn mower can chop off fingers, arms, legs, and any part of your body that gets close the blade. A lawn mowing accident can result in blindness, paralysis, or even death. This is why it is very important to stay protected by following these rules.
- Ask parents to buy a lawn mower with an automatic stop button. This way you can easily and quickly stop an accident before it happens or gets worse.
- If you are under 16 years of age you should not use a ride-on mower. If you are under 12 years old, you should not be using a walk-behind mower.
- Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes while mowing. Do not wear sneakers or sandals.
- Keep younger children inside and away from where you are mowing.
- Always turn off the blade on the mower before crossing gravel, cement, a ditch, or some other kind of surface that is not grass.
- Let adults take care of the technical stuff on the mower, such as blade height, mower speed, and other settings.
- Pick up the yard before you mow so you do not run over or into any objects.
- Never have another passenger on the mower with you. Mowers are designed for one person at a time and another passenger can be distracting and dangerous for both the driver and the passenger.
Follow these rules and you will have a great looking lawn and pride in a job well done!