• Health Tip: Use a Lawnmower Safely

    Thousands injured by mowers every year

    (HealthDay News) -- Proper care, maintenance and use of your lawnmower can help reduce your risk of injury.

    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

    • Maintain your lawnmower and keep its blades sharp.
    • Service your mower before the first use each season.
    • Always turn off the motor when you inspect or repair your mower.
    • To remove debris from beneath the mower, use the handle of a broom or a stick. Never do this while the mower is running.
    • Keep all safety devices or shields on the mower.
    • Always turn off the mower before you walk away from it.
    • To prevent the possibility of burning your skin, never touch the engine cowling, which can become very hot.

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Last Modified on May 9, 2011