Keep your family safe around lawn mowers by
following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Please feel free to use them in any print or broadcast story, with appropriate
attribution of source.
Only use a mower with a control
that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.
Children younger than 16 years
should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years should not use
Make sure that sturdy shoes are
worn while mowing. No bare feet, open-toed shoes or flip flops.
Prevent injuries from flying
objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn
before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye
Do not pull the mower backward
or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for
children behind you when you mow in reverse.
Always turn off the mower and
wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher,
unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other
Do not allow children to ride
as passengers on ride-on mowers.
Keep children out of the yard
Only use lawn power equipment
with adequate daylight, not at twilight.
Drive up and down slopes, not
across to prevent mower rollover.
Keep guards, shields, switches,
and safety devices in proper working order at all times.
If children must be in the
vicinity of running lawnmowers, they should wear polycarbonate protective
eye wear at all times.
Lawn mower injuries to children
are often extremely traumatic and can include amputation, death and
emotional distress that can last a lifetime.
Also see the AAP Voices blog "Children and Lawn Mowers Often a Tragic Combination" for Dr Dale Jarka's personal experiences with lawn mowers and children.
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