7 Lawn Mower Safety Tips

7 lawn mower safety tips

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of a lawn mower and the smell of fresh cut grass, but did you know that thousands are injured each year as a result of mowing their lawn? While lawn mowers give us gorgeous yards, they can also pose many dangers which is why it is always important to practice safety around them. If you are unsure about where to begin, take a look below at 7 lawn mower safety tips that can keep your lawn looking great while keeping you safe at the same time.

1. Service the mower at the start of each season.
Before you mow for the first time of the season, take your mower in to be serviced. Most hardware stores offer this service, and it is a great way to make sure your mower is functioning correctly. The specialist will inspect it and fix any issues that could pose a hazard, helping run not only at its best but safely.

2. Never remove the hazard and warning stickers.
You might like the clean look of a shiny new mower, but keep the warning stickers in place. These serve as important visual reminders of where the blades are and where other hazards are. They can also serve as warnings to children or anyone borrowing your mower.

3. Keep your mower locked up.
It is wise to keep your mower locked in a shed or garage where children can’t play on it or around it. You don’t want children climbing on it, trying to start it, or pretending to mow with it. Keeping it locked up can keep little hands from playing with it which can result in terrible injury.

4. Scan the yard for obstructions prior to mowing.
Scan the yard for rocks, large sticks, or other obstructions prior to mowing. These are items that when hit can fly up and cause injury. A quick scan can help prevent any issues and can even help you get the yard mowed quicker.

5. Keep children inside and occupied when mowing.
When you mow, keep all children indoors and occupied. You don’t want children running around outside when you are mowing as accidents can happen quickly. Don’t look at outdoor playtime as a quick opportunity to get the job done. Instead, wait until children are indoors.

6. Don’t let children “help” you mow.
Children might want to help you mow by standing in front of you pushing the mower, or riding on the lawnmower with you. Do not take the chances as this can quick turn harmful. Mowers aren’t toys and shouldn’t be treated as such. Instead, let children know they are dangerous and should only be used by adults.

7. Never reach under the mower or attempt to fix it yourself.
This seems like a given, but so many injuries happen each year as a result of people reaching under the mower to loosen up a stuck branch or some other object. Never reach under your mower. Never turn over your mower to examine the blades. All attempts to fix your mower should be done by a professional only. Never try to fix it yourself and risk injury.

Stay safe this summer season when you keep these lawn mower safety tips in mind!

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101 comments

  1. Chris

    A safety measure for dad to not work up a sweat would be for one of his sons cut the grass

  2. Jeanette

    These are great tips especially with summer upon us. We don’t have to mow at our house, but I did it a ton as a kid.

  3. susan

    you have some great tips here! With the summer coming up I know we will each be taking turns mowing the lawn.

  4. William Sweeney

    Great tips! It is really scary how fast a lawn mower can cause harm to you or someone else in the yard!

  5. Clarissa

    Thank you for the safety tips! Mowing your lawn can actually be dangerous.

  6. Melissa Ann

    These are great tips. My boys are just dying to “help” my husband mow the lawn, but we won’t let them. It’s dangerous enough for him.

  7. meagan

    I had a nephew almost lose a toe because of a mower. So important to keep kids out of the way when mowing.

  8. Pam

    That is so scary! I can’t imagine how freaked out I would be! It’s definitely important to keep kids away from the mower. You don’t want them to be hit with a rock or something either.

  9. She Joh

    My husband and I just started rotating the lawnmower duties so these safety tips couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Liz Mays

    That’s true! It’s important to be careful each and every time you use the mower!

  11. Lisa Favre

    I’m always one to want to remove stickers immediately after purchasing items and equipment – definitely a habit I have to stop. Really great tips, thank you for talking about them. With summer well on its way, these are safety tips that we need to discuss with the entire family.

  12. Danielle

    Definitely look for obstructions! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sent a rock flying while mowing. Luckily, nobody/nothing got injured.

  13. Kathy

    These are some great tips. I agree about not letting children help. I would never let my kids help with mowing the lawn. I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to them.

  14. sparkofsouthernmoms

    These are all great tips with working with machinery. You never know when something could happen or something gets thrown out from underneath the mower. Great post!

  15. Olivia Douglass

    These are GREAT tips!! I don’t mow the lawn often so I feel like when I do I don’t know what I am doing. I’ll keep these tips in mind!

  16. shelley zurek

    Wear shoes! THat’s another super important one. And don’t let anyone near you on the side where stuff is shooting out.

  17. Dawn gibson-thigpen

    great tips girl. i used to mow the lawn when i was a little girl and we never discussed any of this.

  18. Chelley @ A is for Adelaide

    This is such an important post! I read all of those stories about kids who fall off mowers and lose a leg! I let my girls SIT IN A STROLLER if they want to watch me mow, far away from the area I am mowing. I want them to learn how to help… but not by doing, for another 10 years!

  19. Theresa

    I’m embarrassed to admit, but I have never mowed a lawn before. Jason is so picky about grass lines, he prefers to do it himself.

  20. Janis

    Mowers are so helpful and functional, but they can be dangerous too if not handled properly especially around kids. Thanks for reminding everyone to LOCK of their mower when they aren’t using it.

  21. Sheri Ann Richerson

    These are great tips. Lawn mowers can be dangerous especially if they hit a rock or other object. Thanks for reminding everyone of how to safely handle their lawnmower this summer!

  22. Amy Jones

    Thanks for these great tips, safety always comes first!

  23. Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great tips. My teenagers are the ones mowing the lawn now. I will have to make sure they follow these safety rules.

  24. Amy Desrosiers

    These are so helpful! I cannot count how many times I have ran toys over and pelted myself.

  25. Pam

    You can never be too safe! I heard about someone at the hospital my son in law works at who got their hand stuck in a lawnmower blade. These are great tips to stay safe while mowing.

  26. Elayne Frank

    #4 is one that is not practiced enough. Projectiles coming from a lawn mower can break windows, damage cars, and even injure people. I always comb thru the grass and make sure there are no rocks, toys or branches. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

  27. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)

    #4 is so perfect. Hubby just bought a new lawn mower. Having a big backyard, our family should help do #4 to keep his blades safe while he is mowing the yard.

  28. Janeane Davis

    These are good tips. I like the ones about keeping the kids away from the mower. Mower’s are an attractive nuisance and we must work to keep children safe from them.

  29. StacieinAtlanta

    This is such an important post. I knew a kid growing up who lost a couple of fingers because he wasn’t careful with a lawn mower.

  30. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Thank you for these tips! I usually hire a neighborhood kid to mow the lawn for me, but I love the advice you listed about keeping the kids indoors. They might think it is playtime.

  31. momknowsbest15

    All great tips as a lawn mower can be dangerous. My neighbor taught my teen how to mow and requires him to wear goggles when using the mower.

  32. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    These are important tips to keep in mind as a lawn mower is a big piece of dangerous machinery. My husband does our lawnwork, so I’ll definitely share this post with him!

  33. Kait

    Growing up, my parents never let me mow the lawn and I was always so bummed about it! We lived in a huge property on the side of a mountain in PA, so they had a riding mower and I always thought it looked like so much fun. Now I realize why they didn’t let me! Thankfully, my husband takes care of the yard work now, because my desire has long since expired LOL

  34. Jenn

    Great tips. I don’t have to use a lawn mower much these day, but I did years ago. I wish my parents had taught me about it. I had to learn on my own.

  35. Jenny

    I love fresh cut grass more than anyone, but when I come into the house afterwards….allergies beware! I never thought about or maybe never new you could take your mower to get it serviced and looked at ( when it’s still working, anyways) great tips to remember!

  36. Jen Becerril

    All great tips.I always make sure my kids are the opposite side of the yard when mowing the yard to protect them.

  37. Liz Mays

    Don’t let children help you mow. That’s the one I’ll never forget. When we were little, my cousin helped her dad and she lost two toes because of it.

  38. Jeanine Macintosh

    Lawn mowers scare me with kiddos. I’m almost really glad we don’t have grass in our backyard and the complex we live in takes care of all the grass around us. These are amazing tips. Anything to help and keep everyone safe!

  39. Mimi Green

    We don’t have yard to groom yet but great tips for when we do.

  40. Shirley Wood

    Lawn mower safety tips are good for grown ups and the young folks learning to mow also. It’s a good practice to take time to review safety each year when the season begins.

  41. Cindy Ingalls

    Great tips. It is so important to remember to be safe when using a mover, and to especially have it serviced.

  42. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Great tips. Lawn mowers can be very hurtful if not used properly. You must keep up the maintenance. Thank you for sharing

  43. Enricoh Alfonzo

    I didn’t actually know just how many are injured by this.
    Yikes, I’m guilty of taking of the warning stickers.
    Thanks for the brilliant tips Robin. Will apply them going forward.
    What a wake up call

  44. Brandy

    This is a great list of lawn mower safety tips! It is that season and time to be careful. I am kinda ditzy at times and have forgot that the mower was on when I went to do maintenance in the past.

  45. Sarah

    What a great list of lawn mower safety points, I hope this reminds and helps everyone to be safe this Summer.

  46. Ora Lee Gurr

    Excellent safety tips for lawnmower use. A cousin lost her toes on one foot because of getting the foot to the blade before she shut the mower down. Ouch!

  47. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    It amazes me that people don’t take a stroll around the property before mowing. My friend ran over a gold club.

  48. Ana De Jesus

    As you said it is definitely not a good idea to let kids mow the lawn because they are not toys. Even I am scared of using lawnmowers lol!

  49. Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

    This is such a good idea to post. I feel like people forget the basics especially in a wintery area like mine. Fortunately I have a service that mows for me so I don’t have to remember!

  50. Rachel Langer

    These are great tips. My oldest son does our lawn mowing and we read this together.

  51. Sara

    Lawn mowers are so dangerous! These are wonderful tips. My teens sometimes offer to cut the grass but I have never let them do it.

  52. Amber NElson

    These are awesome tips. Another good one is make sure all the hoses are wrapped up and the blade is higher when going over hoses in said yard….not that I would know anything about running over hoses and getting them stuck in the mower or anything.

  53. Val

    These are great tips on staying safe this Summer when using your lawn mower. I bet they will help a lot of people refrain from accidents and mishaps.

  54. Marcie W.

    Growing up in a desert climate with water and landscape restrictions means you do not do much actual mowing, but I can totally see the dangers involved. Just thinking about the potential accidents makes me nervous.

  55. Elizabeth O.

    Anything that could potentially harm your kids should be kept safe, this definitely includes lawn mowers. Those are very good pointers, I also do not like the idea of allowing them to push or ride the mower, it’s so dangerous.

  56. Christine - The Choosy Mommy

    These are spot on tips! I can remember there was a child in my class growing up that somehow got run over by his dad’s lawnmower and he had a fake leg because of it. I just can’t even imagine how that happened!

  57. Kristen

    thanks for the great reminder. I have two small children and I won’t let my littles near our lawn mower!

  58. Mauie

    Great tips. Haven’t used a lawn mower ever, though, because we do it manually here in the Philippines.

  59. Amanda @ Adorkablii

    These are really good tips! I wish people would be careful. i remember in HS one of my friends neighbors ran over his daughter by accident =( It was horrible and she didn’t make it.

  60. Nicole Escat

    Very nice tips, although I am not using a lawn mower. I will forward this to my friends that are using lawn mowers.

  61. Paula

    Great reminders for how to keep safe around lawn mowers. I am grateful that my father taught my sister and I to put safety first; we mowed the lawn when we were teenagers, but only while a parent was in the yard. Now that I have a son, he stays in the house when my husband mows the lawn.

  62. Tori Gabriel

    Great tips, particularly the last one. My husband works in the hospital and he has seen so many people injured from trying to fix a lawn mower themselves.

  63. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    These are some great mower tips. It caters to safety as well and it’s worth reading, though nobody really uses this machine back in my native land.

  64. Wildish Jess

    So important! I’ve heard too many horror stories about people and their lawn mowers!

  65. Danne Reed

    These are very useful tips. I am having a problem using a lawn mower and I always hire somebody to do it.

  66. Therese glenn

    Great tips. Some people forget that whne they have little kids even the smallest mistake cancause injur

  67. Nikki Jenner

    Thanks for sharing this, I am having a hard time with lawn mowers. I am afraid to use one, actually.

  68. Seattle Travel Blogger

    This is a timely piece and overall good idea to post now.
    Lawnmowers definitely present a number of potential hazards, especially with children around.

  69. Nicole Haas Etolen

    I haven’t tried using a lawn mower, I am afraid to use it. I will share this with my family, they will be happy to hear about these safety tips.

  70. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I always cringe when I see kids or pets riding on a lawn mower. Everyone should read your tips before mowing. Our neighbors dog was riding on their lawnmower and somehow his tail got caught in the blade. He lived but was in bad shape for awhile.

  71. Courtney Gillard

    I like your points, especially the one that you don’t let the children help you mow. This is very important, keep safe!

  72. Louise Bishop

    I have heard of so many tragic accidents as a result of not following some of these safety tips. It seems like such an everyday chore but can be so dangerous. Safety first!

  73. Delaine

    Glad someone covered this topic. All tips were important and very useful, thanks for sharing.

  74. michele d

    These are great tips. My husband usually will service it a few times a year since ours is quite old. We really need a new mower.

  75. Kori (@koriathome)

    The kids aren’t allowed to touch the lawnmower without an adult around. And even then, they aren’t allowed to use the lawnmower without adult supervision. That said, only the 13 year old uses it on occasion when he’s here for the weekend.

  76. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    These are great tips and another one to add would be to always wear closed toe shoes. It is also a good idea to keep pets inside and away when you are mowing.

  77. Heather (@TownsendHouse1)

    We share a tractor with my mom. She is very diligent about making sure the maintenance is done regularly. My kids do love to watch though – they are older and they have to sit on the steps.

  78. ana fernandez

    Number 7 sounds obvios but my husband thinks he can fix everything!

  79. Rorybore

    People don’t think anything bad can happen and I’ve seen dads mowing their yard while children are running all about him. But my friend lost half her leg when we were kids doing just that, and she slipped and fall and her dad ran right over the leg!! So I always make sure my kids are not around when the lawnmower is running.

  80. Rose Sahetapy

    I don’t have grass yard but I really like these tips. I’ve no idea lawn mower could bring high risk while doing it.

  81. Christy Garrett

    These tips are so important. We need to change the oil in our mower. I usually do it myself.

  82. Alicia Gonzalez

    What a fantastic post! I hadn’t even thought about this but now that I see it, I immediately thought of how important this topic is. Thanks for sharing!

  83. Kiwi

    Really Good tips. I never touched a lawn mower still probably wont but still great to know this!

  84. Amanda Love

    While I don’t own a lawn mower anymore, these are great tips in the event we buy a new one. Now I just have someone come out and take care of my yard every 2 weeks.

  85. Lisa Rios

    I have never used a lawn mower before, but this is such an important resource for everyone to make sure they are safe enough while handling their garden works. I agree that professional help must be sought rather than trying something on your own to find a fix.

  86. Rebecca Bryant

    these are great tips for staying safe. I like the one about making sure yard is clean that’s a biggy.

  87. Sarah

    I actually just had a friend slip and fall and run over his foot with the lawnmower, and you can imagine the damage was pretty awful. These are some great tips!

  88. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)

    I’ve heard of several serious mowing accidents from people who try to do repairs themselves or forget to clear debris. Very important info!

  89. Shaylee Field

    All great tips! I don’t mow the lawn, my hubby does it but I will pass these on to him. He’s the type that would stick his hand in there to fix something….

  90. Toughcookiemommy

    I definitely think kids should be inside when the lawn is being mowed. You never know if debris is going to fly in the air while the grass is being mowed.

  91. Melissa Bernardo

    Great tips for lawn mower safety. Everyone need to read this!

  92. Jennifer Henry-Novich

    One of the things that we are the worst at doing is scanning the yard for the possible debris. Dings in cars have happened more often than we would like.

  93. Sarah Bailey

    These are great tips! Lots of people love to let their kids help them with mowing the lawn, but it can just be a recipe for disaster.

  94. alissa a apel

    This is one job I let my husband do. He doesn’t have the allergies I do. Great tips though. Especially for when we have Mica start mowing.

  95. Marielle Altenor

    Really good tips. We got a house last year with a yard so the hubby mows it during the summer. I’m always scared and tell him to be careful.

  96. Jem Alvarado

    These safety tips are important so that the user and also the people around the house are safe. Thank you for sharing this list to everyone.

  97. Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I’m currently in an apartment, so thankfully no mowing for me, but I’m happy to know these safety tips. There is so much more involved than I realized!Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson
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  98. Lalia Frolick

    Mowers are definitely one of those household things that freaks me out. I’m so paranoid about using one. Even an old-style grass cutter makes me think of all of the ways things could go wrong. Great safety tips! Thanks for sharing.

  99. Ayesha Heart

    Yeah, dangerous for the kids. Thanks for sharing these safety tips! Very helpful.

  100. Kaye - I Love Keisha

    I haven’t really tried out using a lawn mower but will definitely take note of these tips.

  101. Lawnaholic Nick

    This is such a scary realization. I especially side with #6, mainly because it seems so innocent to have our children “help” us get chores done.The last thing I want is an accident to happen to my children simply since I didn’t take the proper precautions against mowing. Can you imagine the guilt?I really appreciate this post; maybe it will save a life or two.

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