Lawn Mower Safety

Keep kids under age 12 away from mowers

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(HealthDayNews) -- Lawn mowers can be a hazard, especially when children are around.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety tips:

  • Try to use a mower with a control that stops the mower from moving forward if the handle is let go.
  • Kids under age 16 should not operate ride-on mowers.
  • Don't allow children under 12 to use walk-behind mowers.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, not sandals or sneakers.
  • Wear hearing and eye protection.
  • Avoid pulling the mower backward unless absolutely necessary. Check that there are no kids behind you when you mow in reverse.
  • Turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel paths and roads.

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