The aroma of freshly cut grass is one of the pleasures of summer, but you can’t smell it if you’re in the ER, which is where thousands of people go each year after being injured in lawn-mowing accidents.
More than 80,000 Americans went to the emergency room with lawn-mower injuries in 2015, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And nearly 5,000 of them were children. Lawnmower accidents are the No. 1 reason for pediatric amputations nationwide, according to the Amputee Coalition.
Already this summer, people have died in lawn-mowing accidents in Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Texas, among other states. And last summer, a 4-year-old in American Fork, Utah, had to have her leg amputated after she was run over by a riding lawnmower.
The dangers of pushing or riding a machine with spinning blades are apparent, but few people have time to cut their lawns with scissors, and learning to cut the grass is an important rite of childhood in many families.
True, some people move to town homes and trade a yard for a patio, or …read more
Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News