Be careful doing your lawn!
As the weather warms up, the annual ritual of homeowners dragging out lawn equipment begins. Lawn mowers are an essential tool for maintaining a well-manicured lawn, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. Each year, thousands of people are injured in lawn mower accidents, and many of these accidents could have been prevented with proper safety measures.
At Dixon Law Office, we understand the importance of educating our clients on the dangers of lawn mowers. Here are some of the most common hazards associated with lawn mowers and how to avoid them:
- Flying debris: Lawn mowers can cause rocks, sticks, and other debris to fly out at high speeds. This debris can cause serious injuries to bystanders, including eye injuries and lacerations. Always make sure that no one is in the immediate area when operating a lawn mower, and wear eye protection if necessary.
- Fires: Most lawn mowers still use gasoline. You should avoid filling the mower when it is hot because of the risk of fire.
- Burns: Lawn mower engines can get very hot, and touching the engine or muffler can cause serious burns. Always let the engine cool down before attempting any maintenance, and never touch the engine or muffler while it is still hot.
- Tip-overs: Riding lawn mowers can easily tip over, especially on uneven ground or steep slopes. Mow up and down on hills, not across, as much as possible. Avoid steep slopes altogether if possible. Make sure that the lawn mower is on level ground before attempting to get on or off.
- Amputations: The blades on lawn mowers can cause serious injuries, including amputations of fingers, toes, and limbs. Never stick your hands or feet near the blades, even when the engine is off, and always turn off the engine before attempting any maintenance.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning: Lawn mowers emit carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas that can cause serious health problems or even death. Never operate a lawn mower in an enclosed area, such as a garage or shed, and make sure that the area where you are mowing is well-ventilated.
Lawn mowers are a convenient tool for maintaining a beautiful lawn, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. By following these safety tips, you can avoid the most common hazards associated with lawn mowers and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. At Dixon Law Office, we want to ensure that our clients are aware of the potential dangers of lawn mowers and take the necessary precautions to avoid accidents.