Yard Work - Lawn Mower Safety TipsBy Child Safety Specialist June 19, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Home, Personal Safety
This week my son is turning 14 and I figured it’s time he
take part in that age-old rite of passage – mowing his grandmother’s (and our!)
lawn.>I know a lot of parents let their
kids do yard work at a younger age but I’ll admit the thought of my son
operating a piece of heavy metal that uses gas and comes with sharp steel
blades freaks me out a bit.
It turns out I have good reason to be.Every year, 80,000 people require hospital
treatment because of lawn mower injuries.The majority of these injuries
occur to kids under age 15 and adults age 60 and older. When
it comes to personal
safety, power mowers can be especially dangerous.
So what is the right age to let your child mow the
lawn? The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends that kids be at least 12 to operate a walk-behind power mower or
hand mower and 16 to use a riding mower.And don’t assume that even if they’ve been watching you or someone else
do it they’ll automatically know what to do.Walk them through it and supervise them until you feel confident they
know what they’re doing.
Whether it’s your child, yourself or another adult, here are
some lawn mower safety tips to keep in mind.
Be sure young children and pets are inside or
far away from the area you’ll be mowing. Never allow kids to ride with you on a riding mower!
Do a careful walk-through of the area you’re
going to mow and pick up any rocks, twigs and toys that could get thrown by the
Mow in the right direction.Mow forwards, never backwards.If you’re using a walk-behind mower on a
slope, go side to side to prevent slipping while mowing uphill or having the
mower get away from you going downhill. If you’re using a ride on mower don’t go side to side as the mower could
-Check that all parts of the mower are in good
working condition.Use a grass catcher
and protective guards.
-If your lawn mower is electric, use a ground
fault circuit interrupter to prevent electric shock.
Wear at least sunglasses to provide some
protection for your eyes but preferably safety glasses.Never wear sandals or flip-flops, only
If you run out of gas before your finished
mowing, wait for the engine to completely cool before refueling.The same holds true for unclogging the
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