Child Injuries Due to Lawn Mowing

Child Injuries Due to Lawn Mowing

Lawn mowing has proven to be a far riskier task than most realize with thousands of children being affected by lawn mowing related  physical injuries in the past year.

The Facts

More than 220,000 people, about 16,500 of them being children under 19, were treated for lawn mower related injuries in 2006, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“Lawn mowers severely injure thousands of children every year,” says Jay E. Berkelhamer, MD and President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

President Lawrence Colen, President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) explains, “Most, if not all, injuries seen are preventable.”

Safety Tips

To help prevent future injuries, teams of surgeons from various specialties, have teamed up to educate both adults and children about the importance of lawn mower safety during National Safety Month in June 2007.

The following tips are offered to prevent lawn mower harm:

·    Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate a lawn mower
·    Children should never be passengers on lawn mowers
·    Always were sturdy shoes, no sandals, while mowing
·    Young children should be at a safe distance of the area being mowed
·    Before mowing stones, toys and other debris should be removed from the area
·    Always wear eye and hearing protection
·    Blade settings should be set by adults only

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