Keep Safety in Mind When Mowing the Lawn

Mandy Scherer
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Ayoka Pond
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The roar of lawn mowers provides familiar background music for summer activities. But lawn mowers can be dangerous, particularly for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends these safety precautions:
  • Try to use a mower with a control that stops the mower from moving forward if the handle is let go.
  • Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.
  • Make sure that sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing.
  • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. 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 when you mow in reverse.
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.
  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.

Source:Lawn Mower Safety


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