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Lawn Mower Safety

Lawn Mower Injuries

A lawn mower is a dangerous tool around the home. More than 9,000 people who were hurt were younger than 18 years of age. Older children and adolescents are more at risk of getting hurt by lawn mowers for mowing the lawn as chores or as a way to get extra money.

Some lawn mower injuries include deep cuts, loss of fingers or toes, broken or dislocated bones, burns, and other injuries. Both users of mowers and those who are nearby can hurt other people.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, lawn mower injures can be prevented by following these guidelines:

  • Use a mower with a control stop to prevent the mower from moving forward if the handle is let go.
  • Children who are younger than 16 years old should not be allowed to use a riding lawn mower and children who are younger than 12 years old should not be allowed to use a push lawn mower.
  • Sturdy shoes should be worn while mowing the lawn (not sandals or sneakers).
  • Make sure that all children are indoors or at a safe distance from the area where you are using the lawn mower.
  • Prevent injuries from flying objects by picking up objects that are on the lawn before the mowing begins.
  • Start and refuel mowers outdoors and not in the garage or shed. Refuel the mower when the motor is turned off and cool.
  • Blade setting should only be done by an adult while the motor is off and the spark plug removed or disconnected.
  • Never pull the lawn mower backwards (reverse or toward you) unless it’s absolutely necessary. Keep an eye out for children who might be in the way of the mower.
  • Always turn off the mower completely and wait for the blades to stop moving before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, crossing gravel paths, roads, and other areas.
  • Never let children ride on as passengers on a riding lawn mower.

By following these guidelines you’ll be able to reduce the risk of lawn mower injuries and cut back on going to the emergency.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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