Since 2011, lawnmower injuries have been on the rise in the U.S. with approximately 75,000 injuries occurring each year. Most of these injuries are the result of human error while operating the lawnmower and can be avoided by taking a few safety measures. In order to prevent an injury, here are six tips to follow before and while mowing your lawn:
- Read the owner’s manual for your mower before using it for the first time.
- Wear the proper footwear when mowing, such as non-slip shoes or steel-toe shoes. It is also important to wear long pants to protect your legs from objects that may be thrown from under the mower.
- Never leave the mower unattended while running.
- Always start the mower outside instead of in a garage or shed to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Clear your lawn of sticks, tree limbs, rocks, wires and other debris before starting.
- Never unclog or attempt to work on a mower while the engine is on. If you have to reach under the mower, disconnect the sparkplug wire to ensure that the engine cannot start.
Most importantly, never allow children under the age of 12 to operate a lawnmower and keep children off the lawn the entire time you are cutting the grass to avoid any accidents and injuries. In the event that someone is injured by a mower on your property, liability insurance can help. To learn more, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.
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