April showers bring May flowers… and LOTS of grass! Children want to be just like their mom or dad and have their own life-like items to use. Many families have the plastic lawn mowers for their children to use while playing in the yard. Our children may not understand the dangers involved when a real lawn mower is being used.
Even though they are not operating the lawn mower, they can still be hurt when it is in use. “Every 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. We want parents and kids to be more aware of precautions to take so that injuries can be prevented.” (Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, 2012).
It is safest for children to remain inside when the grass is being cut by either yourself or a lawn company. An injury can occur very fast from flying debris or if it is a ride on mower, a child could fall off resulting in a critical injury. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 17,000 children and teens are treated for injuries from a lawn mower each year. As parents, we try to keep our children safe and it is important to be aware of our surroundings at all times.
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