The Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) provides the following lawnmower safety tips to help parents become better informed on injury prevention tips.
Why is lawn mower safety so important?
- Lawn mower injuries can:
- cause life changing injuries, both physical and emotional
- be very painful and disfiguring
- Following safety guidelines can save lives.
How common are lawn mower injuries?
Lawn Mower injuries are on the rise, up 3% since 2009.
Common causes of lawn mower injuries:
- Contact with rotating blade
- Being hit by flying objects
- Ride-on mowers running over person
Injury prevention tips:
- Do not let children less than 12 years old operate any lawn mower. For ride-on mowers, children should be at least 16 years old.
- Never have passengers on ride-on mowers.
- Keep young children at a safe distance from the area you are mowing.
- Pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.
- Use a mower with a control that stops it from moving forward if the handle is released.
- Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary - carefully look for others behind you when you do.
- Always wear sturdy shoes while mowing - not sandals.
- Always wear eye and hearing protection.
What kind of injury can happen?
- Dislocated bones
- Deep cuts
- Arm, leg or genital amputation
- Missing fingers or toes
- Eye injuries
Treatment of lawn mower injuries:
- Often requires a team of specialized doctors
- Child may need multiple surgeries to repair the injury
- May need therapy to help regain function to injured limb