Lawn Mower Safety and Your Teen

Lawn Mower Safety and Your Teen

Chores are an important way for your teen to gain a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Mowing the lawn may be one of your teen’s chores this summer. Here are some safety tips for lawn mowing from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is released.
  • Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.
  • Make sure that sturdy shoes are worn while mowing.
  • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins.
  • Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.
  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.
  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
  • Do not allow young children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.
  • Keep young children out of the yard while mowing.
  • Drive up and down slopes, not across to prevent mower rollover.
  • Keep guards, shields, switches, and safety devices in proper working order at all times.

– See more at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/Summer-Safety-Tips.aspx

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