Lawn Mower Safety

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lawn mowers are responsible for thousands of injuries every year, many of these to children and teens. In the 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives some safety tips to keep in mind while mowing your lawn.

Dr. Hill:

More than half a million people, including an estimated 19,000 children and teens, are injured in lawn mower accidents each year.

Partial limb amputations, face and eye injuries, and mutilating hand trauma are life-changing injuries. Follow these safety recommendations when mowing your lawn to prevent injury:

Keep children under the age of 6 inside during lawn mowing

Dont let kids ride as passengers, or be towed behind lawn mowers while cutting

Dont let children play on or around stored mowers.

Dont let kids operate mowers unless they have the strength and know-how to operate it safely.

Wear sturdy shoesnot sandalsduring mowing.

Before mowing, pick up stones, toys and debris from the mowing area.

Always wear eye and hearing protection during mowing.

Dont pull backward on a mower or mow in reverse.

Have adults supervise filling a hot lawn mower with gas, and

Always cut off a mower before dismounting or working on it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.