July 29, 2016

It’s summer time and mowing the grass is one of the regular chores of many home owners.  Did you know that 22% of all lawnmower injuries involve the wrist, hand or finger? Every year, more than 74,000 small children, adolescents and adults are injured by rotary, hand and riding power mowers due to improper handling.

We want you to stay safe this season by following these tips:

Never use your hands to remove grass or debris from the lawnmower.
Never lift a mower from the bottom or the blades will cut your fingers, even when not running.
Never cut grass when the grass is damp.
Read your mower’s instruction manual prior to use.
Do not remove any safety devices or guards on switches.
Only allow one person at a time on a riding mower.
Keep up with the maintenance of your mower, and keep blades sharp.
Do not drink alcohol before or while operating a lawnmower.
Wear protective gear.
Do not allow children on or near a lawnmower, especially when it is running.
Be cautious when mowing hills or slopes.



Jennifer Durham, M.Ed, OTR/L,CHT

 Jennifer joined Hayes Hand Center in 1992 and is the Clinical Coordinator at Hayes Hand Center Hand Therapy Department.

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