Tips to Prevent Serious Lawn Mower Injuries in Kids07/20/13
SATURDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- About 68,000 people are
treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for lawn
mower-related injuries, and 9,400 of them are children under the
age of 18, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Riding mowers cause most of the lawn mower-related injuries in
children and most of them are injured in their own yard. Common
injuries include amputations, fractures, cuts, infection and skin
"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
tips for keeping safe around lawn mowers:
- Children younger than 15 should not be in the yard when someone
else is mowing. Kids 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
- 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
- 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.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about
lawn mower injuries in children.
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