Tragic incidents such as the recent accident where a man ran over his 2-year-old daughter as he pulled a riding lawn mower into his garage in Palm Harbor remind us how dangerous lawn mowers can be. The Tampa Bay Times reports the blades severed the little girl’s hand and both legs beneath the knees. Authorities say the man was putting the lawn mower in the garage when he looked up and saw his wife motioning for him to stop. He backed up, unaware that his daughter had fallen behind him. Firefighters say they treated both parents for hysteria.
More Coverage from this incident: ABC- Lawn Mower Accidents
Related: Common Lawn Mower Injuries
Each year, more than 74,000 small children, adolescents and adults are injured by rotary, hand and riding power mowers due to improper handling. Sadly, 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2010 — nearly 17,000 of them children under age 19, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Lawn mower-related injuries are up 3 percent since 2009.
When doing something as routine as cutting your grass, it’s easy to forget how powerful and potentially dangerous a lawn mower can be, particularly heavy-duty driving mowers. To keep your family safe, here are some guideline reminders to keep in mind when mowing your grass.
Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before:
Lawnmowers are not toys and need to be used with extreme caution. In an article for the American Acadamy of Pediatrics, President Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP said: œEvery year at this time, in far too many neighborhoods, children are operating or playing around lawn mowers in unsafe ways. And every summer, thousands get hurt,” said . “We want parents and kids to be more aware of precautions to take so that injuries can be prevented.”