Lawn mower safety

Each year many children are injured severely by lawn mowers. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 60,000 injuries are treated by hospital emergency rooms each year because of unsafe operation of power lawn mowers. Lawn mower injuries can result in amputation, disfigurement, sight loss and other serious wounds. However, most lawn mower-related injuries can be prevented.

Children tend to be attracted to mowers in use. Make sure that children are indoors or at a safe distance well away from the area that you plan to mow. Never allow children to ride as passengers on riding lawn mowers.

Watch for objects that could be picked up and thrown by the mower blades, as well as hidden dangers. Tall grass can hide objects, holes or bumps. Use caution when approaching corners, trees or anything that might block your view. Do not pull the mower backwards or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse. Remain aware of where children are and do not allow them near the area where you are working.

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