SOURCE: National Medical Societies' news release, June 17, 2014
SATURDAY, July 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mowing the lawn is a task often assigned to older children and teens, but it can be a dangerous task if proper safety measures aren't followed, several physician groups warn.
In 2013, more than 301,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in a medical clinic or emergency department, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 10,500 of those injuries occurred in children younger than 18.
"Behind the often pleasant summer task of mowing the yard lurks a serious threat to the health of children, youth and adults. We are hopeful that disseminating information about lawn mower safety may eliminate the thousands of mutilating and at times fatal injuries resulting from the use of both riding and push- or walk-behind lawn mowers," Dr. Allen Bishop, president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), said in a news release issued jointly by three national medical societies.
The ASRM is joining with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Academy of Pediatrics to educate people about lawn mower safety.
"Lawn mower safety should never take a back seat," AAOS President Dr. Frederick Azar said in the news release. "No matter how small the task, or how often it's performed, families should always proceed with caution and most importantly seek and share safety tips to help reduce their risk for injury."
The groups offered the following lawn mower safety tips:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has more about lawn mower safety.