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Tips to Prevent Serious Lawn Mower Injuries in Kids

Lawn-MowerAccording to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 68,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for , and 9,400 of them are children under the age of 18.

Riding mowers cause most of the lawn mower-related in children and most of them are injured in their own yard. Common include amputations, fractures, cuts, infection and skin damage.

“One important statistic to remember is that a significant number of these accidents occur among family members,” Dr. Junichi Tamai, at the division of pediatric orthopedic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. “Most families think that if the child stays with a family member, everything will be okay, but that is not always the case.”

Tamai and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer the following for keeping safe around lawn mowers:

  •     Children younger than 15 should not be in the yard when someone else is mowing. younger than 12 should not use walk-behind mowers. Those younger than 16 should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children or adults should never be allowed as passengers on ride-on mowers.
  •     Use a lawn mower with safety features such as automatic blade disengagement when the mower is placed in reverse; a control that stops the mower from moving forward if the handle is released; and a blade safety device for ride-on mowers that disconnects the blade from the power source when the operator leaves the operating position.
  •     When operating a lawn mower don’t pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you as you mow in reverse.
  •     Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing areas like gravel paths or roads.
  •     When mowing, wear safety gear such as hard-soled, sturdy shoes — no sandals or sneakers — and hearing and eye protection.
  •     Prevent injuries from flying objects by picking up items such as rocks and toys from the lawn before starting to mow.

Source: HealthDay News

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