* Use a mower with a control that stops it from moving forward if the
handle is released.
* Never pull backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary --
carefully look for others behind you when you do.
* Start and refuel mowers outdoors -- not in a garage. Refuel with the
motor turned off and cool.
* Blade settings should be set by an adult only.
* Wait for blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher,
unclogging the discharge chute, or crossing gravel roads.
"Serious orthopaedic trauma can be sustained while operating a lawn mower," said AAOS President Tony Rankin, MD. "However, by following a few simple safety tips, devastating injuries may be prevented."
Many lawn mower-related injuries require a team of physicians from various specialties to properly repair them. Often, patients must endure painful reconstructive operations to restore form and function.
"Many children who sustain lawn mower injuries must undergo reconstructive surgery for months, sometimes years, after the initial accident," said ASPS President Richard D'Amico, MD. "The look on parents' faces can be truly heart wrenching. We are the physicians called to treat these devastating injuries, but would do anything to prevent them in the first place."
"Parents want to protect their children from accidents and injuries. But every summer we see children and teens using lawnmowers in an unsafe manner," said AAP President Renee Jenkins, MD. "It is our job as pediatricians to help get information to parents about how to prevent injuries that are common during summer months, and that includes injuries from lawnmowers."
The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery is a
not-for-profit organization consisting primarily of orthopaedic and plastic
surgeons that perform microsurgery and other complex reconstructions. With
more than 500 members, the ASR
|SOURCE American Society of Plastic Surgeons|
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