Know to Mow
Know to Mow
Spring is here, and soon many will be out mowing their lawns and enjoying the aroma of fresh cut grass.
This brings to mind the 75,000 Americans that are injured each while mowing lawns last year. Of those injured nearly 10,000 are children. Close to 22-percent of lawn mower injuries include the hands, fingers or wrists.
Most people just don’t remember that the lawnmower has the potential to inflict serious bodily injuries, even life altering injuries. Why don’t they remember? Because the lawn mower is widely used and people become desensitized to the dangers that accompany it. This is similar to farmers and ranchers becoming complacent around the machinery used to aid them in their work. It is used much of the time and doesn’t appear to be a threat because of the continual interaction with the machine. Due to this attitude of complacency, many believe they don’t need to review the owner’s manual because they are already familiar with the machine. However, it is always a good idea to reread the owner’s manual prior to seasonal use.
Don’t forget to conduct routine inspections on the lawnmower you are using to verify it is in good condition and will function safely. A.J. Ferguson, Utah Director of Farm Safety, has listed some helpful tips that will keep you safe this spring and summer while mowing your lawn:
· Read owner’s manual
· Remove all debris from the yard before mowing, thus helping to prevent fewer projectiles
which can cause injuries
· Never leave a running lawn mower unattended
· Wear protective clothing including long pants, steel-toed boots or sturdy shoes, goggles,
and ear protection
· While mowing, keep children out of the yard and in a supervised area (safe play area) to
· Never allow children to ride as a passenger on a lawn mower
· Avoid mowing on wet grass as you could easily slip and fall under the mower
· Be sure all safety guards are in place
· Keep hands and feet away from moving parts
· The engine can be hot after use and thus cause severe burns if touched or bumped
· Make repairs and adjustments while the engine is off
· Always start and operate the mower outside
· The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Academy of Pediatrics
both recommend that children not operate a lawn mower until they are 16 years old.
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation hopes you will exercise caution and good judgment this spring and summer to protect your family as you use your lawn mowers.