Lawn Mowing Safety

May 21, 2009 7:01:37 PM PDT
It may seem like a common household chore, but mowing the lawn can be dangerous. In fact, tens of thousands of people are injured every year by mower accidents.Then, six year old Kenliegh Merritt ran toward the riding mower. She slipped and her legs got caught underneath it.

Kenleigh Merritt said, "I was crying so hard and because it was so scary to see all that blood."

Accidents involving lawn mowers and tractors happen all too often. Kenleigh is one of 77 thousand people rushed to emergency rooms each year. Doctors at Kenleigh's hospital treat five to ten people each mowing season.

Consumer Reports mower expert Peter Sawchuck says blade-tip speed can speed can exceed 200 miles per hour.

Peter Sawchuk said, "Mowers today have safety features that will help prevent you from contacting the blade. Never disable any of these or override them."

Flying objects also pose danger. To demonstrate Consumer Reports mowed over several golf balls. Sharp pieces flew more than 100 feet away. So be aware of the direction the discharge is pointing. It's another reason to always keep children and pets away from mowing.

As for Kenleigh, after eight surgeries, she still faces more. Her parent's hope, that telling their story helps others.

John Merritt said, "I think about it every day and every day I wish it didn't happen, but it did. I don't want it to happen to anyone else."

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