In 2013, over 300,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Of those injuries, about 1/3 were severe enough to be treated at the ER.
Mowing the lawn is such a routine activity that people have a tendency to overlook some of the serious safety hazards involved, but you can avoid injuries by taking some simple safety precautions, including:
- Wear shoes with good traction to avoid slipping.
- Use a mower that stops automatically when you let go of the handle.
- Before you mow, look for and remove rocks and other objects that could become dangerous projectiles.
- Wear protective eye wear.
- Never use your hands or feet to remove debris from a lawn mower, even if the motor is turned off. Use a stick or broom handle instead.
- Keep small children off the lawn while you are mowing.
Also, according to Dr. Connor, you should “never put a child on a riding lawn mower with an adult because if they fall off that can be a catastrophic injury.“
For more lawn mower safety tips, please visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Ronald W. Connor is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 14 years and up for all orthopedic conditions with the exception of the spine and has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Connor, please call 210.281.9595.