Lawnmowers and Feet Don’t Mix
Keep your feet and those around you safe this summer by using caution when mowing your grass.
Did you know the blades on lawnmowers can spin at 3,000 revolutions per minute and produce
three times the kinetic energy of a .357 handgun? Yet, each year our office continues to see patients
who have been hurt while operating a lawnmower barefoot.
Enjoy the beautiful summer season but be sure to protect
your feet and ankles from yard-work injuries and mishaps.
Take caution when mowing and remember:
-Don’t mow wet grass. Losing control from slipping on rain-soaked grass is the leading cause of
foot injuries caused by power mowers.
-Wear heavy shoes or work boots when mowing—no sneakers or sandals.
-Don’t allow small children to ride on your lap while on a lawn tractor. Children can be severely
injured by the blades when getting on or off the machine. Keep children away while mowing.
-Mow across slopes, never go up or down.
-Never pull a running mower backwards.
-Use a mower with a release mechanism on the handle that automatically shuts it off when your
hands let go.
If you or someone around you is injured by a mower, be sure to seek treatment immediately.
Superficial wounds can be treated on an outpatient basis at our office or at your closest emergency
department. More severe wounds may need surgical intervention to repair damage.
Caring for your lawn can be an enjoyable summer experience, just make sure you use caution to
protect yourself from injury.