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Health Tip: Lawn Mowing Safety

Suggestions to prevent injuries

(HealthDay News) -- Mowing the lawn doesn't have to be a dangerous task if some simple preventive techniques are followed.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these safety suggestions:

  • Make sure blades are sharp and the mower is working properly, and only inspect the mower when it's turned off.
  • Before you start to mow, check the yard for rocks, sticks, toys and any other objects that could get caught in the blades.
  • Wear protective gear and clothing, including long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves and safety goggles.
  • Never use a lawn mower while barefoot or wearing sandals.
  • Never allow someone to ride with you on a riding mower.
  • Be especially careful when mowing steep hills.
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