Top 10 Suggestions For Lawnmower Safety (also available in Spanish)
Each year millions of people mow great swatches of grass and weeds week after week without so much as a stubbed toe. Meanwhile, there will be 70,000 injuries serious enough for a visit to the emergency room. The majority of mowing accidents are the result of:
- contact with the rotating blade
- propelled objects
- ride mowers overturning
- running over an individual.
Children younger than 12 years of age should not operate large ride on mowers.
Protect everyone from flying debris or being run over:
- Make sure area is clear of people, especially children.
- Clear the area of any sticks, rocks, toys, or other debris.
3. Know the lay of the land! Check for dips, holes and other landscape obstacles.
4. Protect eyes, hearing, and feet:
- Wear safety glasses or goggles.
- Use hearing protection devices.
- Wear sturdy shoes rather than athletic shoes or sandals.
- Long pants and gloves are recommended.
5. Beware of blades!
- An adult should make adjustments to the mowing height before mowing.
- Make sure the blades have completely stopped before removing the grass catcher.
6. Machines are not toys!
- One seat. One rider. NO exceptions.
7. Go at the right speed and the right direction:
- Slower is safer!
- Mow only in forward.
- Riding mowers should move up or down a slope.
- Push mowers should move across a slope.
- Always check behind you for children and others before backing up.
8. If you are doing ANYTHING but mowing:
- Disengage the blades and/or stop the engine.
- Turn off the mower if you leave it for any reason.
- Try to use a mower that disengages the blade or shuts off the engine if the handle is let go.
9. Stay aware of the mower's discharge area:
- Stop the mower if anyone enters the area.