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Johns Hopkins releases Mower Safety Info  May 15, 2007

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center recently published an article on the rise in lawn mower-related accidents that usually start to occur in March or April, citing mower injuries as the leading cause of amputations in adolescents.

Research indicates that every year, lawn mower accidents send 9,400 children in the United States to the hospital, causing more severe injuries than any other tool or device. The most common injuries are lacerations, fractures and amputations of the fingers, hands, toes, feet, and legs.

Rick Redett, director of reconstructive and plastic surgery at the Children’s Center is alerting parents throughout the nation to the dangers of mowers and offering prevention tips. Most injuries occur when an operator is unaware that a child is behind a mower and shifts it into reverse. So that always turning around before reversing is imperative, even when the operator believes they are alone. An excellent feature to look for in a new mower is a no-reverse safety feature that requires the operator to physically turn around to shift, forcing him to look behind first.

Other Important Tips:

1)Always keep young children indoors when the mower is in use.

2)If young children appear to be running toward you, turn off the engine immediately as children can slip, especially when the grass is wet.

3)Wear close-toed shoes and protective eyewear if possible.

4)Before mowing, clean the lawn of debris such as sticks and stones, which may get caught in the blades and be propelled out

5)If injury occurs, call 911 right away and apply pressure to the wound to stop bleeding while you wait for an ambulance.

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