Angie’s List Report: Avoid Lawnmower Dangers

(WDEF) Angie’s List writer Lacey Nix knows how quickly lawn mower accidents can happen.
        Nix said, "I was in the backyard and got to the last final strip of grass. I was kind of distracted. I had my headphones in, saying hi to my kids and I hit something with the mower. I heard a loud noise and then felt this sharp pain in my leg."
        That sharp pain was the result of a metal hanger that ripped straight through her lower left leg.
        Nix admits she made some mowing mistakes.  She said, "I wrote a cover story on DIY disasters just a few months ago and I honestly thought that some of the mistakes were so silly and so crazy, that it could never really happen to me. And now I find myself in one of the biggest mistakes of all time, so it can happen to anybody."
        So, what can you do to stay safe?  Angie’s List says you should always check your lawn for stones, sticks and other objects.
        Wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and don’t forget to read the owner’s manual.
        Angie Hicks of Angie’s List said, "You should always read the owner’s manual of your lawnmower because all models can be different. Safety features could be different, the blade could operate or be located in different spots, so don’t take it for granted, read before you operate."
        Lawn mowing is not a task you should rush through. If you’re crunched for time, you may be better off hiring a pro.
        Nix added, "My cheapness cost me about $26,000 after everything was all said and done. So, for something that would have cost me about $100 a month for somebody else to do, it was really, really dumb of me."
        If you want to keep your lawn mower running in optimal condition for as long as possible, don’t neglect routine maintenance.
        Angie’s List says pros typically charge between $50 and $75 for a regular tune-up.

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