Keep Safety in Mind When Mowing the Lawn
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
- 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