Using Lawn Mowers Safely

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lawn mowers are responsible for thousands of injuries every year, with many of these happening to children and teens. Dr. Edward Hill discusses lawn mower safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Lawn mowers are helpful tools but they can also be very dangerous. Even though millions of people routinely use mowers safely, lawn mower injuries send thousands of people to emergency rooms each year.

Partial limb amputations, face and eye injuries and mutilating hand trauma are life-changing injuries. Follow these safety recommendations 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.