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.
We all love the warm summer weather and the fun activities that come with it, but the summer season is a peak time for many injuries. Here are some common summer injuries and how to prevent them:
- Wrist sprains: Falls are extremely common during the summer. Many activities such as skateboarding, rollerblading, bike riding or riding a scooter can result in a wrist sprain. To protect your wrists, wear wrist guards during these activities.
- Lawnmower injuries: Each year, 25% of hand and foot lawnmower injuries result in amputation. Keep children away from the lawnmower and always keep hands and feet away from the blades. For more information, read these safety tips.
- Burns: Barbecuing and relaxing around a fire pit during the summer is always enjoyable, but the open flames can be dangerous. Keep your distance from the grill and/or fire pit and always keep an eye on children that are nearby. Always use long tongs when grilling to protect your hands.
- Golfing injuries: Golfing can be tough on your hands, arms and wrists. Warming up and stretching before playing is important for injury prevention.
- Jammed finger: Many sports become more active in the summer, and jammed fingers are some of the most common sports injuries. Learn more about how to treat a jammed finger.