Lawn mowers can propel debris such as stones, plastic edging, wood chips and pieces of broken blades –at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
- Walk the area before beginning a lawn care routine. Relocate toys, hoses, rocks and sticks.
- Check the lawn mower blade regularly. Look for damage, bends and dullness. Blades should be replaced every year or two, depending on usage.
- Make sure the mower's trail shield is working properly and free of tears.
- Leave the mower's deflector in the position set by manufacturer.
- Keep children and pets inside when the mower's in operation.
- Be attentive to joggers, bicyclists, cars passing by and other people or pets in the area that might be struck by a flying piece of debris.