Almost 5,000 children are injured in lawnmower accidents every year in spite of safety features

Push Lawnmower / Safety First: How to Prevent Your Child from Being Injured by a Lawn Mower
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June 06, 2017

As everyone knows, warm weather means a growing lawn. What you may not know is how dangerous the machines that cut lawns are for children.

In spite of improved safety features, almost 5,000 children are injured in a lawnmower accident each year. That's roughly 13 children per day.

A new study by Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy has found that, though fewer children have been injured by lawnmowers over the past 10 years, there is still room to improve.

There are several things that consumers can do to make it less likely that a child will be involved in a lawnmower accident, including:

  • Keeping children six years old and younger indoors while the lawn is being mowed. Children should be at least 12 before operating a push mower and 16 before using a riding mower, and they should never be allowed to ride as a passenger on a riding mower or garden tractor.
  • Checking the lawn for rocks, sticks, and other debris before beginning to mow. These items could become projectiles if spinning mower blades hit them.
  • Never pulling the mower backward or mowing in reverse unless there is no other choice. In this case, look carefully for children behind you.
  • Knowing where nearby children are at all times and not allowing them close to the area being mowed.
References: ConsumerAffairs: "Tips for preventing childhood lawn mower accidents," Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City: "Lawn-Mower Related Injuries on the Rise"