Lawnmowers + kids – proper safety = injuries. From Child Health News:
“Each year, lawn mower accidents send 9,400 U.S. children to the hospital, causing injuries more severe than any other tool or device, research shows. The most common injuries are lacerations, fractures, and amputations of the fingers, toes, feet, and legs.”
Somehow this isn’t surprising. My Father — a professional machinist, carpenter, and woodworker — managed to mangle a finger while repairing a self-propelled walk-behind. Sadly, lawn mowers are so simple and common that we often forget the danger they pose to the complacent.
Some tips from the CHS article:
- Don’t let children under 12 mow.
- If you’re mowing and see a child running toward you, turn the mower off immediately.
- Wear closed-toed shoes when operating or standing near a mower.
- Clear your yard of foreign objects before mowing.
Check out the link below for lots more tips. Even the most experienced Toolmongers can find themselves caught out if they’re not careful, though there’s no reason to be afraid of your mower if you use it carefully.
Power Lawn Mower Injuries Crop Up With Change of Season [News-Medical.Net]