School's out, and that means more and more of our kids around the country will be mowing lawns. According to HouseLogic, three national medical groups want adults to be aware of the fact that lawn mowing can be a risky (and downright dangerous!) activity, and they've gathered some handy information regarding the proper safety precautions to be taken.
Follow these handy tips to prevent lawn mower injures:
- Kids should be at least 12 years old before operating a push lawn mower, and 16 to operate a driving lawn mower.
- Avoid injuries from flying objects like stones or branches by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing. Anyone using a mower should wear protective eyewear at all times.
- Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary.
- Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawn mower equipment, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
- Use a stick or broom handle (not your hands or feet) to remove debris in lawn mowers.
- Drive up and down slopes, not across, to prevent mower rollover.
We love the smell of freshly-cut lawn! What kinds of safety precautions do you follow when mowing? Leave your comments below; we'd love to hear from you!
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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