For most, mowing your lawn in the summer can be a chore, especially if you have a big front or back yard. The summer heat and strong sun can also make it a daunting activity. To make things worse, there are many risks of foot and hand injuries associated with using power lawn mowers. People of all ages and experiences can experience injury, so the following safety tips are important for everyone to review before mowing lawns.
- Make sure you are mowing in good weather. Wet grass can mean slipping.
- Clear the area from any debris, toys, or branches that could jam the power mowers and/or fling items as you mow over them.
- Ensure that children and pets are inside or away so that you do not accidentally injure them while mowing.
- Wear protective gear: eye and ear protection, closed-toed shoes, and long pants.
- Use sunblock on any skin exposed to the sun and wear a hat to reduce sun exposure to your face and head.
- Make sure to follow safety and operating instructions while mowing.
- Do NOT allow children to ride with you or climb onto a riding mower – whether on their own or with you. Children can be injured whether an adult is there or not.
- If something gets stuck or the machine jams, use a stick or other item to clear the item. If you put your hands in there, the machine can unjam before you can remove your hand and end up injuring you.
- Do not mow up and down a hill, but rather across, to keep safe.
- Follow proper maintenance instructions.
- Store the power mower in a place that can cool off and in a place where children won’t be able to easily access it.
- Allow the machine to cool before adding fuel.
Purchasing tip: If you buy a lawn mower with an auto-shut off when you let go of the machine, it can help prevent accidents, especially if you turn away to check something or if you suddenly slip.
For a severe injury, go to the emergency room immediately! Otherwise, if you experience an injury from mowing the lawn, such as a sprain from slipping, make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can assess your injury at our Jonesboro, AR office.