Lawn mowers: safety measures

In the United States, more than 9,000 children visit emergency rooms for injuries related to lawn mowers. Powered lawn mowers are much more dangerous. However, most lawn mower-related injuries can be prevented by following the following safety guidelines.

At what age can my child mow the lawn?

Before learning to mow, your child must have the maturity, good sense, and strength and coordination that this task requires. In general terms , the America Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children meet the following requirements:

  • 12 years of age to safely use a push or hand lawn mower.

  • 16 years of age to safely drive a tractor-type lawn mower.

It is important that you teach your child how to use the lawn mower. Before allowing your child to mow alone, take the time to show him how to do the job safely. Monitor your child’s work until you are sure he or she can do it alone.

Before using the mower:

  • Make sure children are indoors or at a safe distance well away from the area you plan to cut.

  • Read the instruction manual for using the mower and the instructions on it.

  • Take into account the weather conditions:

    • Don’t mow in bad weather, such as a storm.

    • Don’t mow when it’s wet.

    • Don’t mow when there isn’t enough daylight.

  • If your mower is electric, use a ground fault circuit to prevent electric shock.

  • Never allow children to ride or ride as passengers on a riding lawn mower or garden tractor.

When you are mowing the lawn:

  • Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles, well-fitting clothing, safety glasses, or goggles with side shields and ear protectors.

  • Watch for objects that the mower blades can throw, as well as hidden hazards. Tall grass can hide objects, holes, or potholes.      
    Use caution when approaching corners, trees, or anything that may obstruct your view.

  • If your mower hits an object, stop, turn it off, and inspect it. If it is faulty, do not use it until it has been repaired.   
    Do not pull or pull the mower backwards and do not use it in reverse unless absolutely necessary and be careful that there are no children behind you when you are reverse mowing.

  • Be extremely careful when cutting on a hill or incline.

    • When using a push mower in uneven areas, pass it across, not up or down, to avoid falling under the mower in the area of the blades or blades.

    • With a tractor ride-on mower, cut up and down and not across to avoid tipping over the mower.

  • Always be aware of where children are and allow us to be in the area where you are working. Children tend to be attracted to lawn mowers that are on or in use.

Turn off the engine and let it cool before refueling.

Always turn the mower off and wait for the blades or blades to come to a complete stop before:

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