Lawnmower Safety Tips

Before you start your engines, read our tips on lawnmower safety.

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Every year, thousands of adults and children sustain serious injuries from lawnmower accidents. Here are some safety tips you may never have known, or perhaps forgotten.

The Safety Basics

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  • Read your lawnmower instruction manual before using a new mower (these are high-powered machines with sharp blades—you definitely want to know how they work.)
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and safety glasses.
  • If you hit an object while mowing, turn it off and inspect the mower. If it's damaged, don't use it until it's fixed.
  • If your mower is electric, use a ground-fault circuit interrupter to prevent electric shock.
  • Don't mow during bad weather, don't mow wet grass, and don't mow when it's starting to get dark.
  • Be super-careful if mowing on a slope. Mow across the slope, not up and down. You want to avoid the risk of falling and slipping underneath the mower (yikes).
  • Don't add fuel to your mower while it's running.
  • Never run a mower across gravel paths or roads.
  • Turn off the mower before removing the grass catcher.
  • Never walk away from a running mower.

Tips if Kids Are Around

  • Don't let children operate lawnmowers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics young people should be at least 12 years of age to operate a walk-behind power mower or hand mower safely, and at least 16 years of age to operate a riding lawn mower. More importantly, only children with maturity, good judgment and strength should be candidates for this type of yard work.
  • Make sure children are inside or at a safe distance from the area you're mowing.
  • Clear the mowing area of any twigs, stones and toys that can be picked up and thrown by the mower's blades.
  • Never allow kids to ride as passengers on ride-on lawn mowers or tractors.

Ryan Homes Tip: Protect your precious pets. Make sure they're all safely inside before you start mowing the lawn.