Precautions can reduce lawnmower accidents
In Florida, lawnmowers will see a lot more use as rainy summer months approach. As common as lawnmowers are, they can pose great risks. Some 80,000 lawnmower accidents occur annually, with about 600 of them resulting in a major amputation for a child younger than 10. Here’s a collection of some key measures to reduce the risk of an accident, compiled from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.
Never let a child ride on a riding mower, even if the blades are disengaged. Many accidents have happened with a child sitting on the lap of a parent or grandparent operating a mower.
Never mow in reverse. If it can’t be avoided, make sure the area is clear.
When mowing, make sure there are no children nearby. Children should be kept under the supervision of another adult a safe distance from the mowing area.
Do not operate the mower without the grass catcher attached, and make sure all safety equipment is attached.
Keep keys locked separately from the mower and out of reach of children.