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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 30, 2018
Category: foot safety
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Did you know that the two age categories that sustain the greatest number of power mower injuries are children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 44? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we believe that nearly all mower injuries are preventable. Below are some tips for keeping toes and feet safe for the two most at-risk groups:

Children

Protecting children from mower accidents is as simple as keeping them away from the mower when it is running. This means no rides—no matter how much they beg you! Also, you should instruct your children not to come onto the lawn while you are mowing. If they need something from you, they should know to wait until the mower is turned off. You may want to show them how loud the mower is to help them understand that you will not be able to hear them coming up behind you when it is on. Another way the children can be injured is by sticks, toys or other objects shooting out from the mower. Always keep the clip bag attached to catch any debris.

Adults

Mower accidents that happen to adults occur for a number of different reasons. In general, it’s a good idea not to rush and to avoid careless shortcuts. In addition, observe these precautions:

  • Put on heavy work boots or similarly protective footwear when mowing.
  • Never mow a wet lawn—mowers slipping on grass after it has rained is the single, biggest cause of accidents.
  • Don’t attempt to pull a running mower backward.
  • Use a mower with a “dead man” switch that automatically shuts off if you let go.
  • Mow slopes side to side, not up and down.

Finally, if you do get injured while mowing your lawn, get treatment immediately. Small cuts from dirty mower blades can create an entry point for germs and bacteria that can result in an infection if you wait until you’re done mowing before cleaning and bandaging. Obviously, more serious accidents will be treated in the emergency room but you should also follow up with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to ensure that the wound is healing properly and that no further treatment is necessary. Contact our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe offices in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.