During spring and summer, DIY lawn mowing accidents can be a big problem. 17,000 children require care in the emergency room each year because of lawn mower accident as per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). About 100 deaths froim lawn mowing accidents. Lawn mowing accidents are avoidable!
- Who is responsible for the injury or damage? The person mowing the lawn, or the home owner.
- Insurance: Check your insurance for details. Homeowners or Tenants liability insurance often cover these types of events.
Here are 15 hints for safe DIY mowing:
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always use the safety switches
- Use the discharge chute cover or the discharge bag.
- Do a quick safety check before starting the mower. Missing or loose parts or leaking fuel are BAD.
- Start the mower in the open air to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Wear sturdy enclosed work shoes.
- Wear ear protection – ear plugs are ideal and easy to get at a pharmacy.
- Clear lawn of debris before you mow. Remove rocks, sticks, or toys.
- Protect against rocks flying up and damaging areas.
- Keep kids and pets well away from the area.
- Diver only on a riding mower or tractor.
- For walk-behind mowers, mow parallel with slopes
- For tractors and riding mowers, mow up and down slopes.
- Mow dry grass. Wet grass can cause you to slip.
- Only refuel cold engines. Fuel can ignite on hot engines.