Many children love to ride as passengers on a lawn mower. In fact, riding the mower with dad or grandpa is probably one of the best memories most of us have. But according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 9,000 of the injuries sustained in lawn mower accidents occur each year to children under the age of eighteen. Those injuries are often very serious: Loss of fingers, toes, feet, and even legs are common, as are very deep cuts, burns, eye injuries, and broken bones. Ninety-five percent of mower injuries at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center were amputated to body parts that had to be reattached or rebuilt. As there is usually dirt and debris involved,
Lessons to learn
The most important lesson for adults to impress children is that lawnmowers are tools, not toys. Children have to learn proper safety techniques exactly as they would if you let them move around, for example, in your workshop while you are operating an electric saw. For example, they need to wear closed-toe shoes and must learn not to run towards you while you are operating the mower because they could slip and fall towards the blade. It is best to explain these safety rules to children, of course, of appropriate age, and tell them why the rules are so important.
It is also vital that all adults around the mower treat it with the same care and follow the same rules that are expected of children. If you’ve told them never to approach you while the mower is in motion, then your wife runs barefoot towards you while mowing the lawn, they’ll notice. Next time, it could be that kid running barefoot to the lawnmower.
Above all, keep children seated at all times if they must ride the mower with you. Show them which parts may be hot so that they are careful not to hit their legs or small arms against the hot metal.
Keep children out of mowers
Industry experts go one step further; They recommend keeping children under the age of sixteen out of mowers, even if they are traveling with a parent. After all, a lawnmower is like a vehicle. With a blade that can spin at a speed of about 160 miles per hour, it can tear into young meat before you can blink.
These same experts also say that children under the age of six should be kept indoors while someone is operating an electric mower; This is because many accidents occur when the mower does not realize that a child is behind the mower, and they place the child upside down and back on the child.
The number of children injured in lawn tractor accidents has increased dramatically: In 1999, there were only about 800, compared to 9,000 today. This is two out of every 1,000 emergency room visits for injuries. With manufacturers adding more safety features and warning notes (Husqvarna, for example, uses a bright yellow label with the warning “Children and mowers do not mix”), it is surprising that there are more injuries than ever. However, whatever the reason, no parent wants their child to suffer such a devastating injury. Take precautions for a better experience with your family and the mower.