Experts say more than 9,000 children a year are treated in emergency rooms for lawn mower injuries, most of which occur in their own backyards.
SALT LAKE CITY – It’s still summer in Utah, and mowing the grass with the riding mower is something experts say should be strictly for adults.
Children can ask to ride, but it’s not a good idea.
Earlier this summer, a 12-year-old boy was treated at a Salt Lake City area hospital after a lawn mower blade drove a nail through his heart. Doctors say the boy was lucky to survive.
Dr. Junichi Tamai of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital says this is further evidence that lawnmowers are powerful and dangerous tools that can cause serious injury.
“A lot of times it’s either a child riding with a parent on a lawn mower, who has fallen, or a child walking or running behind someone on a lawn mower,” he says. “The parent would back away without seeing the child, then run to their feet.”
Tamai says children under 15 should never be in the yard when someone else is mowing, and children or adults should never be allowed as passengers on riding mowers.
According to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, more than 9,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for lawn mower injuries, most of which occur in their own backyards.
Tamai says the majority of children treated for lawnmower-related injuries are very young, between the ages of three and five.
“When a child is so small, you can always hurt yourself by falling,” he warns. “But the part that concerns us the most is when a child is actually on or near a moving lawnmower, because the degree of injury is almost catastrophic.”
He adds that it’s up to adults to take the necessary safety precautions when using a lawnmower.
“Lawn mowers are designed to mow and they work very well,” he says. “And they should be treated as a dangerous instrument – and it’s not just a trick.”
And when it comes to who cuts the grass, Tamai says children under 12 shouldn’t use push mowers, and those under 16 shouldn’t be allowed to use mowers. self-supporting.