(Robinson) – Warmer weather is here and with that comes the need to battle the grass monster. This time of year the grass in your yard and property grows quickly and can quickly get out of hand. Local law enforcement is reminding you to keep your yard taken care of and also to stay safe while doing it. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016, more than 86,000 adults and 4,500 children in the U.S. were treated in emergency departments for lawn mower-related injuries. You are reminded to keep your children indoors and do not allow children to play nearby while you are mowing.
**Never allow children to play on a lawn mower, even if it is turned off.
**Never allow a child to ride on a riding lawn mower with you.
**Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate any lawn mower, and at least 16 years old for a riding mower.
** Always wear eye and hearing protection and sturdy shoes while mowing – not sandals.
** Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless necessary (carefully look for others behind you when you do).
** Pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.
** Blade settings should be adjusted by an adult only – and with the lawn mower turned off.