After a summer of mowing, it can be easy to forget about safety when cutting the grass. Last year, more than 300,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Lacey Nix knows how quickly lawn mower accidents can happen.
"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," said Angie's List senior writer, Lacey Nix.
A metal hanger had ripped straight through her lower left leg. Her fiancé rushed her to the hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery.
"They were so surprised they asked if they could take photos," said Nix.
Nix, who writes about lawn care and home improvement for Angie's List, admits she made some mowing mistakes.
"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," said Nix.
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. They say Children should never ride as passengers on riding mowers or be towed behind.
"You should always read the owner's manual of your lawn mower 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," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.
Lawn mowing is not a task you should rush through. If you're crunched for time, you may be better off hiring a professional.
"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," said Nix.
Experts say lawn mowers need routine maintenance. Angie's List says professionals typically charge between $50 and $75 for a regular tune-up.