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What You Need to Know About Lawn Mowers and Child Safety

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 27 September , 2017

According to a recent study, as many as 4,800 children are injured each year in lawn mower accidents. While many cases resulted in trips to the emergency room to treat cuts, there were also numerous instances of amputations caused by lawn mowers.

In this issue, we’ll talk about improving overall lawn mower safety for children.

At what age is my child old enough to mow the lawn?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following ages for children operating lawn mowers:

  • At least 12-years-old to operate awalk-behindd power mower; and
  • At least 16-years-old to operate a riding mower.

What should I tell my child about lawn mower safety?

There are a number of proactive things you can emphasize to your child that can dramatically reduce the chances of lawn mower injuries.

These include:

Wearing sturdy, closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) as well as safety goggles or glasses with side shields as well as hearing protection while mowing;

  • Picking up debris (stones, sticks, toys, etc.) that could be in your mowing path (if your mower blades strike an object, your mower could turn it into a flying missile traveling at 200 mph);
  • Stop the engine and allow it to cool before adding gas (exhaust from a mower can easily run 240 degrees);
  • Only one person rides on a riding mower while in operation (there’s a reason why riding mowers have only one seat); and
  • Be very careful when mowing on a slope:

While using a walk-behind mower, mow across the slopes, not up and down, to avoid slipper underneath the mower; and

With a riding mower, drive up and down slopes rather that across them (this prevents rollovers).

One final note: make sure your child completely understands these safety procedures as well as the thinking behind them. Until you’re sure your child is comfortable and capable of handling the lawn mower, you should be with them as they mow.

Call Juniper Landscape Company of San Diego For Expert Lawn Care

Learning to mow the lawn is almost a rite of passage in the U.S., but with mower injuries are so easy, safety is imperative.

For a complete range of services for lawn care maintenance and landscaping design, call us here at Juniper Landscape Company.

To see what we can do for your lawn, call us; our number is (619) 334-9464.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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