With spring in full swing, lawn mowing season is here. Teenagers
are often tasked with mowing the lawn; some mow lawns for a summer job. The
reality is, however, that mowing the lawn can be extremely
dangerous to children, the operator and those nearby if proper safety
precautions aren’t taken.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
(AAOS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced that they are
joining ASRM in educating adults and children about the importance of lawn
mower safety in 2012. "We want parents and kids to be more aware of
precautions to take so that injuries can be prevented", said AAP President
Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP.

According to the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related
injuries in 2010 alone
. Almost 17,000 of them were children under the age
of 19; lawn mower-related injuries were up three percent in 2010 over 2009.

Most lawn mower injuries occur when the operator is
distracted for a moment. Parents should be discussing lawn mower safety with
their teens as most lawn mower accidents are preventable. Lawn mower accidents can
cause injuries to fingers tips, hands and feet as well as legs, arms, eyes,
face and head.

Lawn mower safety tips

??? Purchase a mower
with a control that stops the mower blade from moving when the handle is let
go.

??? Children under
the age of 12 should not use a push lawn mower and those under 16 should not
operate a driving lawn mower.

??? Closed toed shoes
should be worn while mowing.

??? Objects left in
the grass can become flying objects if they are run over by a lawn mower.
Flying object injuries can be avoided by taking a quick tour of the grass and
picking up objects before mowing.

?? Wear polycarbonate protective eyewear at all
times.

??? Do not pull the
mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. If you need to go
backward, always check for children who may have snuck up behind you.

??? Always turn off and
unplug the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the
grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawn
mower equipment or crossing gravel paths, roads or other areas.

??? Use a stick or broom
handle – not your hands or feet – to remove debris inside lawn mowers.

??? Do not allow
children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers and keep children out of the
yard while mowing.

??? Drive up and down
slopes, not across them, to reduce the risk of mower rollover.

??? Keep lawn mowers
in good working order. When using a lawn mower for the first time in a season,
have it serviced to ensure that it is working correctly.

While some lawn mower injuries are minor, some require a
team of physicians from various specialties to properly repair them. Painful reconstructive surgery and years of
healing have been known to result from lawn mower accidents.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
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