Stay safe this summer season while mowing your lawn! Lawnmowers can be the cause of serious hand injuries that may lead to loss of fingers or even a hand amputation. Follow these 10 lawnmower safety tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. You can also view these tips with our infographic.
- 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 ground 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 operating a lawnmower.
- Wear protective goggles and gloves, and always wear shoes while mowing the lawn.
- Do not allow children on or near a lawnmower, especially when it is running.
Learn more about hand safety at www.HandCare.org.
Hand surgeon Jay S. Talsania, MD discusses the dangers of using a snowblower in this new video. Snowblowers can cause serious injuries, most commonly sliced fingers! Learn how to avoid an injury and how to safely clean out a clogged snowblower with these tips from Dr. Talsania.
Read more about snowblower safety at www.HandCare.org.
Whether it’s an arm cast, wrist splint or finger splint, many types of casts can help your recovery from surgery or an injury. Casts are hard, made with plaster or fiberglass, while splints are lighter and can be taken on and off more easily. These are important to protecting you while your injury heals, so follow these tips to take good care of your cast or splint:
- Keep your cast or splint clean and dry. Getting it wet could irritate your skin. Cover it with a plastic bag, seal it with tape or rubber bands to keep it dry, and elevate it overhead while showering.
- Do not let dirt, sand or other materials get inside your cast or splint.
- Do not stick objects in your cast. If you feel itchy, ask your doctor for advice.
- Never attempt to trim your cast. If there are rough edges or your skin is irritated around the ends, contact your doctor.
- Contact your doctor if your cast or splint has a crack or soft spot.
- Never attempt to remove a cast yourself.
Be sure to contact your doctor if you have worsening pain, excessive swelling, numbness or tingling in your fingers, burning or stinging, or loss of movement in your fingers while wearing a cast. Learn more about casts and splints at www.HandCare.org.