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