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Lawn Care Gets an R Rating

Mowers pose dangers to the young, doctors warn

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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