- Before operating equipment, familiarize yourself with it and make sure it is in good working order.
- Heed the manufacturer precautions.
- Be sober (i.e., don't drink).
- Use lawn mowers with guards and a cutoff switch. Never disconnect the cutoff switch.
- Exert extreme caution on slopes and never mow when the ground is damp.
- Do not allow other people, and particularly children, in the area when operating a lawn mower.
- Never allow children to ride on mowers.
- Never go barefoot while mowing. Sandals and flip-flops are no better than being barefoot.
- Wear protective eye gear, hand gear and footwear such as goggles, gloves and heavy rubber sole boots. (Hiking shoes with double wall leather and cleats are good. Golf shoes are even better.)
- Pick up toys, tree limbs, rocks, etc from the yard. Any of these things can become potential projectiles.
- Fill the gas tank while the engine is off. Never smoke when filling the gas tank.
- When a lawn mower cuts off, be extra careful in removing any objects from the blade. Always make sure the engine is off and the mower blade has completely stopped rotating before attempting to remove debris from the mower or make adjustments. It is best to disconnect the spark plug so the mower can't start while near the blade.
- Do not leave a lawnmower unattended when it is running. If you must walk away from the machine, shut off the engine.
Preventing Lawn Mower Injuries; American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Lawn Mower Safety Could Save Life and Limb This Summer; University of Michigan Health System; June 2, 2003
Lawn Mower Safety; American Academy of Pediatrics
Snowblower and Lawnmower Injuries; American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Lawn Mower Safety Tips; Briggs and Stratton
Lawn mower-related injuries to children; J Trauma. 2005; 59(3):724-8; Abstract