Lawn Mower Safety - 17,000+ Children Injured Every Year

Spring time is here and with Spring comes the lawn moving season. This is a great time to discuss with your children the safety involved while mowing or just being around lawn mowers. The warning from safety experts is clear: Watch out for the kids.

In the month of April 2013 the following injuries have been reported around the country:

  •  A 2-year-old girl in Florida lost both of her feet when her father backed over her with a riding lawn mower on April 10, the Associated Press reported.
  • A 4 year-old boy in Tennessee had severe cuts on his arms and legs after a lawn mower ran over him, the Tennessean reported on April 17.
  • A 2-year-ol Maryland boy was in critical condition after a lawn mower he was riding with his grandfather overturned into a creek, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Here are some additional safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups:

  • Don't allow children under age 12 to operate a push mower or those under 16 to drive a riding mower.
  • When children and adolescents are old enough to use mowers, teach them safety steps such as wearing goggles and sturdy shoes.
  • Do not allow children to ride on mowers as passengers.
  •  Keep children off the lawn while mowing
  • Pick up potential flying objects, such as stones and toys, before you start mowing.
  • Do not pull a mower backward or ride it in reverse unless absolutely necessary. If you do mow backwards, carefully look for children behind you.

Edited from Kim Painter, USA Today

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