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Tips to Prevent Serious Lawn Mower Injuries in Kids
Having family member nearby isn't enough, expert warns
-- Robert Preidt
SATURDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- About 68,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for lawn mower-related injuries, and 9,400 of them are children under the age of 18, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Riding mowers cause most of the lawn mower-related injuries in children and most of them are injured in their own yard. Common injuries include amputations, fractures, cuts, infection and skin damage.
"One important statistic to remember is that a significant number of these accidents occur among family members," Dr. Junichi Tamai, at the division of pediatric orthopedic surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. "Most families think that if the child stays with a family member, everything will be okay, but that is not always the case."
Tamai and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer the following tips for keeping safe around lawn mowers:
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about lawn mower injuries in children.