As summer approaches, many homeowners will begin working on their lawns. Unfortunately, this can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children treat many children each year who have been seriously injured as a result of power lawn mower incidents. Many of these incidents result in the loss of fingers, toes, limbs and even eyes.
Tragically, some lawn mower accidents can result in permanent brain damage or death. One of every five deaths caused by a lawn mower involves a child. Most of the deaths to children occur when a child falls off the riding mower and is run over, or when a child is in a moving mower’s path. In many of these unfortunate situations, these tragedies, could have been avoided if the proper precautions had been taken.
Injuries and death from lawn mower accidents can be reduced dramatically if these safety tips from Shriners Hospitals are followed
Do not allow passengers on a riding mower.
Keep children out of the yard and indoors while mowing the lawn
It is recommended that children younger than 14 not be allowed to operate a lawn mower.
Always prepare your lawn for mowing.
Handle fuel with care.
Wipe up spills. Never fill the tank on a mower that is hot. Never smoke or use any kind of flame around gasoline.
Don’t use a riding mower in areas where the lawn slopes
Always be aware of mowing dangers and keep children safe.
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