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Injuries to Children from Lawn Mowers

June 21st, 2011 ernie Posted in Lawn Mower Safety 1 Comment »

Injuries to Children from Lawn MowersInjuries to Children from Lawn Mowers are on the rise, however if you follow a few simple safety precautions these injuries are easily preventable. Adults are responsible for the safety of themselves as well as their children. Although the majority of accidents involve an adult, we also need to make sure our children are protected as well. Keep them well away from operating lawn mowers to keep them safe.

In 2010, about 253,000 people were treated for lawn-mower-related injuries; nearly 17,000 of those involved children under age 19, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Lawn mower injuries were up 3% in 2010 compared to 2009.

You can easily prevent lawn mower injuries to children by keeping children inside the house or under direct supervision of another adult whenever a lawn mower is being used.

Keep anyone including adults away from running lawnmowers other than the operator. Create a danger zone of 20 feet around the mower  and shut the machine  down if anyone gets within that distance.

Many lawn mower  injuries require a team of doctors from various specialties to treat and repair severely damaged limbs. Many patients must go through painful reconstructive operations for months or years to recover some semblance of their former abilities and even then it generally is not 100% recovery.

Tips to Avoid Injuries to Children from Lawn Mowers

  • Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate any lawn mower and at least 16 before they are allowed to operate a riding mower.
  • Everyone including children should be properly instructed on how to use a lawn mower.
  • Children should never be passengers on riding mowers.
  • Operators of mowers should wear safety shoes, not sandals.
  • Young children should be kept at a safe distance from the area being mowed.
  • Adults should pick up stones, toys, and other debris from the lawn to prevent them from becoming flying objects that could cause injury.
  • Mowers should be used that have a control that stops the machine from moving forward if the handle is released.
  • Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for others when going backward is necessary.
  • Eye and hearing protection should be used while mowing.
  • Lawn mowers can cause serious eye injuries. Wear polycarbonate protective eye wear.

Injuries to Children from Lawn Mowers – Prevention of Injuries

It is really up to you the owner and the operator to make sure that while you are operating a lawn mower you do so in a safe manner. Make sure the people around you are not hurt in any way.

A significant number of “devastating injuries” occur to children and adults that can be life-changing events. Loss of a limb – hands and feet can change your life forever. Broken and dislocated bones, deep cuts, missing fingers and toes, limb amputations, burns, and eye injuries” caused by lawn mowers are just a few of the injuries that are possible.

Lawn mowers have many safety devices on them today, however many people still try to circumvent them. This is only asking for trouble and potential injury. Use common sense when running a lawn mower and if it feels unsafe, then it probably is! For more information on Lawn Mower safety, click here.



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