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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Foot Injury   foot safety  

In the summer months, most of us will be trying to keep ahead of lawn care, mowing probably once a week or every other week. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want to urge our patients to be mindful of lawn mower safety precautions.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that over 37,000 Americans will have a power mower injury this year. The vast majority of these injuries are preventable! Below are some important tips to keep your feet safe while mowing:

  • Never mow a lawn that is wet. Losing control of a mower on slippery, wet grass is the most common cause of foot injuries from lawn mowers.

  • Always wear heavy shoes or work boots when mowing. Sandals and canvas sneakers cannot compete with blades that are whirling at the rate of 3,000 revolutions per minute.

  • For steep yards, mow slowly across slopes, not up and down.

  • Keep the clip bag attached whenever you mow. This will prevent sticks and rocks from being launched as projectiles into you or others nearby.

  • Protect children by making sure they are supervised and will not come onto the lawn while you are mowing. Children under the age of 14 are among the two most at risk age groups for mower accidents. Never let a child ride on your lap while mowing the lawn.

  • Don’t ever pull a running lawn mower backwards.

  • If purchasing a new mower, look for one that has a release mechanism on the handle that will automatically shut the mower off if your hands let go of the handle.

If you do suffer a lawn mower accident to your foot—even a minor cut—be sure to stop and treat it right away. Lawn mower blades are very dirty and infection could quickly develop in a wound from a mower. If your injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, be sure to follow up with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, at your earliest convenience. The foot doctor will want to be sure that any foot injury is healing properly. To make an appointment, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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