Keep kids safe from mowers

With summer in full swing, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a timely caution: Keep kids away from mowers to reduce the risk of injury. This applies to children who may be simply watching you while you work, or perhaps to your own children if you bring them to work now that school is recessed for the summer.

Specifically, the academy says children under 12 should not operate walk-behind power or hand mowers, and those under 16 should not use riding mowers.

Children also should not ride on mowers as passengers, and kids under 6 should be kept inside when their parents are mowing the lawn, according to the guidelines.

About 9,400 U.S. youngsters under 18 receive emergency care for mower-related injuries each year. About one-fourth of them are younger than 5. Seven percent of the injuries involve amputation or other severe damage.

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