Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Mar 25, 2018 in General Interest
Spring has arrived. Sort of. Officially Spring is here but some days it doesn't feel like it. But if it isn't time to cut your lawn, it soon will be. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commisison developed a ferderal safety standard for power mowers that went into effect in 1982. So, most likely, you have a mower that meets the safer standard. But despite the new safety requirments on power mowers, about 35,000 people are treated in emergency rooms yearly due to injuries resulting from the operation of power mowers. So please be careful when operating a mower. Prior to cutting your lawn, visually examine the area for items that can cause an accident, such as larger rocks, toys, tools, etc. Make sure no children are near the area you are mowing. If using a mower with a gas engine, fill the tank prior to mowing in a well-ventilated area.
If buying a new mower, there are several considerations. Make sure the mower is easy for the person cutting the grass to operate. Determine the size of your lawn and buy a mower that can handle the job in a reasonable amount of time. Who will be starting the mower? Is a push button start better than a pull cord?
For more safety facts and advice to consider when purchasing a mower go to the USCPSC.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a power mower accident, you may have a claim against the operator or the mower manufactuer. Call us for a FREE consultation.