At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know it’s getting to be that time of year when lawn mowing is becoming a regular outdoor chore in Macomb County. Did you know each year it’s estimated that 80,000 adults and children end up in the emergency room with a power mower related injury? Avoid becoming one of those statistics by observing the following tips and precautions.
- Before the first mow of the year, have your mower serviced to make sure it is functioning properly. If you are buying a new mower, be sure it has an automatic release mechanism that will turn the mower off if you let go or fall.
- Keep children indoors while mowing. Never let them ride on your lap while mowing the lawn.
- Even when mowers are off, do not let children near mowers. Mowers take time to cool down, and sharp blades can cut little fingers even when the mower is not on.
- Don’t mow a wet lawn. The leading cause of foot injuries from mowing involves the loss of control of a power mower on grass that’s slippery and wet.
- Wear work boots or other heavy shoes to mow. Lawnmower blades whirl at 3,000 revolutions per minute and generate hree times more kinetic energy than a .357 handgun. That’s no match for canvas sneakers or flip-flops!
- Clean up large sticks, toys, and debris on the lawn before mowing to prevent objects from becoming potentially harmful projectiles. It’s also a good idea to keep the clip bag attached to catch items.
- Always mow hills carefully from side to side rather than up and down.
- Do not pull a running mower backward.
- If you get a minor cut or injury from a mower that does not require a trip to the emergency room, be sure to stop and clean it immediately and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent an infection from developing. If the wound does not appear to be healing within a few days, contact our St. Clair Shores (586-779-6140) office so that our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Philip M. Watkins can evaluate your condition.