Lawnmower injuries range from minor cuts and burns to broken bones and amputations, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand says.
The society suggests how to stay safer while using a mower:
- Read the mower’s manual before use.
- Keep the mower in good working order with sharp blades. Make sure the mower has protection over hot and sharp parts.
- Pick up potential hazards, such as stones, toys and debris, before you mow.
- Wear goggles, hearing protection, gloves and long pants while using a mower.
- Wear sturdy close-toed shoes while mowing.
- Don’t drink alcohol before or during mowing.
- Don’t remove safety devices or guards from the mower.
- Never insert hands or feet into the mower to remove grass or debris.
- Never lift a mower by the bottom. The blades can cut fingers even if the mower is off.
- Never cut grass while it is wet or damp.
- Never allow children under age 12 to operate a push mower or those under 16 to drive a riding mower.
- Keep children off the lawn while mowing, and never have a passenger on a riding mower.