Lawn Mowers and Children: What You Need to Know to Keep Them Safe

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger

LawnMowersandChildren

Lawn safety is an issue few practice, but affects many. Unfortunately, roughly 600 children in the United States lose a limb due to lawnmower accidents. Learn how to keep your children safe during this routine chore with these simple tips, courtesy of Premier Prosthetics.

  • Don’t leave the mower running unattended. Shut off the engine if you must walk away, and take the keys with you.
  • Keep children away from any active mower. Lawn equipment can throw up rocks and other debris that may result in broken bones, damaged eyes or even limb loss.
  • The organization Limbs Matter suggests that you keep children inside at all times when you’re mowing the lawn. This is the most effective preventative measure and ensures no unknown movements are encountered with your lawn equipment.
  • From an early age, teach your children to stay away from all running mowers. A mower should be treated like a hot oven—don’t touch it.
  • Don’t let your children ride with you on a riding lawnmower. As fun as it sounds, many times emergency room workers see children come in with injuries to their feet, caused by falling off of the mower they were riding on.
  • Wait until your child is at least 12 years old before letting them mow the lawn. They may not have the strength to maneuver and maintain control until this age.

Here at Premier Prosthetics, we care about the health and safety of your children. No matter your accident or obstacle, we’re here to help you create your best life. If you’re curious how to get started, call us or stop by today!

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