Lawn Mower Safety Month

Lawn Mower Safety

Summer has arrived, which means warmer weather and longer days. Unfortunately, the summer months also bring the Kleinert Kutz hand surgeons numerous emergencies caused by lawn mowers- almost all of which are preventable with proper operation and precaution.

Lawn mower injuries are often catastrophic and require lengthy reconstructive operations. Especially as it pertains to children, we believe that more awareness needs to be brought to the prevention of these injuries and amputations. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 800 children are run over by riding lawn mowers each year and more than 600 of those incidents result in amputation. 20,000 people are injured by lawn mowers each year and for children under 10, lawn mowers are the most common cause of major limb loss.

To help avoid serious injury or amputation, please follow the safety tips listed below.

  • Make sure children are indoors or well away from the area you plan to mow
  • Children should never operate or ride power mowers
  • Never leave a power mower while it is running
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers on riding lawn mowers
  • Use the safety features that come with the mower
  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse, unless absolutely necessary; carefully look for children behind you
  • Mow only when the grass is dry and only during daylight

In case of hand, wrist or arm emergency, Kleinert Kutz physicians are on-call 24/7 throughout Louisville. (502) 561-4263 to be directed to the nearest on-call facility.

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