ANCHOR LEAD: LAWN MOWING IS
DANGEROUS FOR KIDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Kids and lawn mowers don’t mix. That’s the clear take home message of a report by Rick Redett, a pediatric plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues.
REDETT: Starting in March or April, we start to see kids that are badly injured by lawn mowers. And it usually occurs as the result of an accident, usually involves a ride on lawn mower, where the kids are either riding on the mower with Mom or Dad or Grandma or Grandpa, and either fall off and get run over, or they’re inadvertently backed over or run over playing around the lawn mower. :20
So giving a child a ride on a lawn mower is always a bad idea. And that goes for older kids, too.
REDETT: This can really happen to kids of any age. We most commonly see this happen to kids in the four to six years of age range. :07
Redett says many injuries happen when the mower operator doesn’t look behind before backing up, but by far the safest strategy is to keep children indoors when mowing is taking place. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.