(HealthDay News) -- The next time you cut the grass, think about your safety before you drag out the lawnmower, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises.
Here's the academy's list of mowing safety suggestions:
- Make sure mower blades are always sharp, and parts are working correctly. It's a good idea to have the mower serviced at the start of the lawn-cutting season.
- Never inspect or work on your mower with the motor running.
- Never use hands or feet to knock debris from the mower, even when the engine is off.
- Make sure all safety shields and guards are in place.
- If you need to step away from the mower, turn off the engine.
- Wear protective gear, including goggles, shoes (not sandals), gloves and long pants.
- Clear the lawn of any hazardous objects -- including toys, rocks and large sticks -- before you turn on the mower.