Lawn care becomes a priority in summer. Increased awareness of lawn mower safety has decreased the overall number of injuries to children over the past decades. However, these figures are still very much significant and high. Simply put, kids and lawn mowers are a risky combination as far as safety is concerned.
Lawn Mowers Pose An Expectedly Unexpected Risk
According to a new study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, about 13 children per day require emergency treatment due to injuries sustained from lawn mowers. Kids under six years old should never be alone around any working lawn mowers. Young children don’t understand the risks involved. So parents should keep a careful eye on them during such activities or keep them indoors when the lawn is being mowed.
The noise of the machine and the operator’s focus during operation can make them unaware of a child’s presence. Most such injuries are recorded in observers and bystanders. The blades of the lawn mowers are extremely sharp and move very fast. Mower injuries can be devastating to families, yet they’re inherently preventable.
Children over the age of 12 can earn extra money mowing lawns but need to be very careful when operating these machines. Wearing gloves, protective eyewear, and clothing that covers extremities is extremely recommended. Users must remove debris or unclog the mower only when it’s completely off, and the blades have stopped.
The majority of injuries involve hands, fingers, legs and feet. Although many were treated and discharged, quite a few patients had to be submitted for more serious treatments. Some even resulted in amputations.
Parents need to realize how it’s much more risky for kids to be in the yard rather than inside when mowing. Operators need to learn about how risky it is to use mowers around children.
Other injuries related to such machines include burns and rocks and debris being thrown in the air and hitting children.
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