Eau Claire (WQOW) – Thousands of children visit emergency rooms each year due to lawn mowing-related injuries, and nurses at an Eau Claire hospital are no stranger to them.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), about 1/3 of injuries caused by lawnmowers are to a child under 12, and they often result in the loss of a limb. The AAP detailed hands and fingers are most commonly injured, with amputations and fractures making up nearly 13 percent of all injuries.
A HSHS Sacred Heart Emergency Room nurse told News 18, she’s dealt with similar injuries before, and said if you’re going to have your kids mow the lawn. there are steps you should take to prevent an emergency.
"Making sure that younger mowers are only mowing on even terrain and not anywhere up an embankment," said registered nurse Genevieve Kragness. "Riding lawnmowers especially can flip over with the blade moving and cause amputations, and then of course never touching the moving blade with your hands to try and clear anything from underneath the lawn mower."
Kragness said a good precaution is to wait until you’re sure your child can physically handle a lawn mower, along with properly instructing them to do so. She also said general safety tips, such as wearing long pants and close toed shoes, are always good to follow.