Some folks make an art form of it, taking a run around the perimeter, then zigzagging diagonally. To others, it’s nothing more than a pain, something to be taken care of in the shortest amount of time, expelling the least amount of energy.

And to any 12-year old, it’s a coming of age and a badge of pride; being old enough to responsibly operate a lawnmower.

Even though the lawns at Rose Lake Estate Homes are quite manageable in size, safety should always be first and foremost in your mind.

Here are a few statistics that bear that out:

  • According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, about 250,000 people in the U.S. are treated for mowing-related injuries each year
  • 17,000 of those injuries happen to children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Most common injuries include projectiles thrown from the mower and cuts and broken limbs due to working on the mower when the motor is on
  • 90 deaths are attributes to riding mowers that overturn
  • Thousands of adults are treated in emergency rooms for heath issues while mowing, including dehydration, strokes, heart attacks, and heat stroke.

At Rose Lake Estates, we want to keep our residents safe this summer. Be sure your children over the age of 12 know the dos and don’ts of mowing.

Here are some lawn safety reminders from Rose Lake management:

  • Before mowing, clear the yard of any objects that could be thrown or caught by mower blades.
  • Don’t mow around young children or pets.
  • Don’t mow when the grass is wet. It doubles the chance of accidents, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.
  • Use caution when mowing hills and slopes.
  • No flip-flops or bare feet — wear substantial shoes.
  • Dress for the heat. Cover your head, wear eye protection and wear sunblock.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated.
  • Allow the engine to cool before refueling.

***If you need help maintaining your lawn due to illness, health issues or an injury, give Rose Lake Estate management a call. For a small fee, we can put you in touch with staff to have your grass cut so you can rest easy.

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