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Injuries to Children from Lawn Mowers

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. The majority of accidents involve an adult. Protect our children 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 are 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. 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. They 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.
  • Instruct everyone on how to use a lawn mower.
  • Children should never be passengers on riding mowers.
  • Operators of mowers should wear safety shoes, not sandals.
  • Keep young children 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.
  • Use Eye and hearing protection 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 the operator to make sure that while you are operating a lawn mower you do so in a safe manner.

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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One Response to “Injuries to Children from Lawn Mowers”

  1. This is a really good post about lawn mowers and children. Keep them well away from lawn mowers!

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