-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Whether they are riding
with an adult or just playing nearby, children should never be in
close proximity to a running lawn mower, a doctor warns.
"Kids should never be around a running lawn mower. And children under the age of 16 should not be allowed to operate either a riding lawn mower or walk-behind mower," Dr. Edwin Harris, pediatric podiatrist with the Loyola University Health System, said in a university news release.
Harris, who has treated children who have lost toes or portions
of their feet in lawn mower accidents, pointed out that although
such mower mishaps are devastating, they are totally preventable.
Yet according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), over 200,000 people, including 16,200 kids, were injured in
lawn mower accidents in 2007 alone.
This summer, Harris concluded, parents and guardians could
prevent their child from becoming another grim statistic by
following the CPSC safety guidelines regarding lawn mower
"As we head into the peak of the lawn mowing season, I'm hoping operators of lawn mowers will follow these common-sense precautions," Harris said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides additional tips on
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