Lawn Care Gets an R Rating

Mowers pose dangers to the young, doctors warn

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There are all kinds of things you should not allow young children to do. And the American Academy of Pediatrics has added one more to the list: mowing the lawn.

This news service story in USA TODAY details the warning.

The academy says children under 12 should not operate walk-behind or hand mowers, and those under 16 shouldn't use riding mowers.

In addition, children shouldn't ride on mowers as passengers, and kids under 6 should be kept inside when their parents are mowing the lawn, according to the guidelines.

The story adds that the academy has statistics to back up its warning: Approximately 9,400 U.S. youngsters under 18 receive emergency care for mower-related injuries each year, and about one-fourth of them are younger than 5.

The academy offers lots of other tips on ways to keep your children safe.


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