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(HealthDay News) -- Lawn mowers can be dangerous machines if used incorrectly. Following a few safety guidelines can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these lawn mower safety tips:
Before using your mower, read the instruction manual carefully.
Never remove any safety equipment, such as shields or switch guards.
Never add fuel to the mower when it is hot or running.
Always turn off the engine before stepping away.
Avoid touching the engine, which can become very hot and cause burns.