Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again when your neighbor wakes you up bright and early on a Sunday morning to mow their lawn!
All jokes aside, it is time to drag out your trusty lawnmower and beginning regularly trimming your yard again. We wanted to provide you with some quick safety tips for using your lawnmower.
Before you start to think you don’t need any safety tips, it’s important to recognize that in the U.S., more than 9,000 children go to the emergency room for lawn mower-related injuries every year. And, even if you’ve been mowing injury-free for decades, we have some safety tips to help you continue mowing injury-free for decades to come.
10 Lawn Mowing Safety Tips
- Wear proper footwear, meaning good traction and grip. Whether sandals or boots, they don’t protect your foot from the blade if you slip, but shoes with good stability, like tennis shoes, can reduce the odds of a slip, stumble, or a stubbed toe.
- Clear the mowing area of any objects such a sticks, stones, and toys that could be picked up and thrown by lawnmower blades.
- Make sure all children are indoors or at a safe distance well away from the area that you plan to mow.
- Never cross over gravel with the blades engaged for the chance of launching rocks.
- Don’t reverse your mower or pull back as much as possible. In general practice, you want to be pushing the mower away from you, not toward you.
- Be cautious of hills. For riding lawnmowers, always mow up and down a slope. For push mowers, mow hills side to side.
- Don’t mow wet grass. It’s bad for your grass and it’s unsafe!
- Wear hearing protection to avoid hearing damage.
- Never allow children to ride as passengers on riding mowers or garden tractors.
- Stop the engine and allow it to cool before refueling