Top 5 Tips on Lawn Mower Safety from AAOS

April showers brought May flowers, and June has undoubtedly provided grass that needs to be mowed. By now you have likely had an afternoon siesta disturbed by the buzzing of a lawn mower.Image via imcdb.org

Lawn mowers are so commonplace that it can be easy to not think about taking proper safety precautions. Surprisingly, 253,000 people sustained lawn mower-related injuries in 2010 according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To keep you from being a statistic, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) advises observing the following protocols:

  1. Ensure that the mower has a protective cover over parts that are sharp or may become hot. Riding mowers should have a reverse switch, usually found behind the driver’s seat. Push mowers should have a safety feature that stops the mower when the handle is released.
  2. Instruct children to stay indoors when the mower is in use. If they must be outside, they should be kept at least 20 feet from the mower.
  3. Never let a child under age 12 operate a push mower, or a child under 16 operate a riding mower. Never allow anyone to be a passenger on a riding mower.
  4. Protect feet with sturdy shoes (never sandals), and use eye and hearing protection.
  5. Pick up toys, rocks and debris from the yard before mowing.