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All over the world, when summer approach and the schools become closed for vacation, most of the children show interest in mowing the lawn. For any reasons like either to earn money or to help their parents, //children fall into the hands of dangerous condition, which needs more precaution. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that about 20,000 children below 19 years in an overall average of 230,500 people were admitted for lawn mower-related injuries in 2004.

To help prevent injures, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have teamed up to educate parents, adults and children about the importance of lawn mower safety during National Safety Month, June 2006.

‘The power lawn mower is one of the most dangerous tools around the home, but many children view it as a potential toy – resulting in thousands of debilitating injures every year,’ said ASRM President L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS. ‘Lawn mower injuries often include deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, limb amputations, broken and dislocated bones, burns, and eye injuries. Most of these injuries can be prevented by following a few simple safety tips.’

The ASRM, ASPS, AAP and AAOS offer the following tips to help prevent lawn mower-related injuries:

· Children should be at least 12 years old before they operate any lawn mower, and at least 16 years old for a ride-on mower.

Children should never be passengers on ride-on mowers.
Always wear sturdy shoes while mowing – not sandals.

Young children should be at a safe distance from the area you are mowing.

Before mowing, pick up stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects.

Always wear eye and hearing protection.

Use a mower with a control that stops it fro
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