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Now that spring is here, we’re starting to hear the sound of lawnmowers in our neighborhoods every day. While everyone wants a well-groomed lawn, it’s important to keep in mind lawnmowers can be dangerous, especially for our children.
One of every five deaths caused by a lawnmower involves a child. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that most lawnmower deaths to children occur when a child falls off a riding mower and is run over, or when a child is in a moving mower’s path. Sadly, in nearly every situation, tragedies can be prevented if parents or guardians take a few precautions.
Several features in newer lawnmowers have improved safety. For example, the safety shutoff lever must be depressed in order to keep the mower running. The rubber flap at the back helps prevent objects from being thrown by the blades. However, no safety feature is foolproof.
Whether you use gas, electric, riding or push mowers, keep the following tips in mind:
Make your spring and summer months safe ones.
Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212