What are the Hazards of Mowing the Lawn?
For many of our Texas neighbors spring means more than sunshine, hiking, bluebonnets, river tubing, boating on Lake Travis and Canyon Lake. It also means home lawn maintenance. Most homeowners do not consider working in the yard to be unsafe, however mowing the lawn can be a dangerous chore. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports about 230,000 people per year are treated for injuries.
Home Tools and Lawn Equipment often come with safety features to help protect users against accidental injury. Be sure to read the instruction manual and take precautions before using any tools or equipment.
Yard and Garden Chemicals such as herbicides and fungicides are occasionally applied to control a variety of insects, weeds and plant diseases around your home. If you use or hire a company to apply products, read the safety instructions and label carefully to determine toxicity to humans, children, animals and the environment.
Sunscreen and protective clothing can help negate many lawn care injuries from occurring by simply being protected.
Taking precautions when maintaining your home in Texas, using lawn tools or equipment and applying chemicals, can help you avoid accidents at home. If an injury occurs, stop and treat the injury immediately. If professional help is required, call 911 or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
From all of us at Britton and Britton Insurance here’s to keeping both you and your lawn healthy this spring!