Lawn mowing not child’s play: HSHS Illinois offers top tips to avoid injury

  • Adam Stenhaug from Alton, an employee of the Alton Lawn Company, mows a courtyard in Godfrey. Tyler Dreith of the company said keeping the mower blades sharp makes for a cleaner cut and reduces work on an engine.

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    Adam Stenhaug from Alton, an employee of the Alton Lawn Company, mows a courtyard in Godfrey. Tyler Dreith of the company said keeping the mower blades sharp gives a cleaner cut and reduces the work on you

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Adam Stenhaug from Alton, an employee of the Alton Lawn Company, mows a courtyard in Godfrey. Tyler Dreith of the company said keeping the mower blades sharp makes for a cleaner cut and reduces work on an engine.

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Adam Stenhaug from Alton, an employee of the Alton Lawn Company, mows a courtyard in Godfrey. Tyler Dreith of the company said keeping the mower blades sharp gives a cleaner cut and reduces the work on you

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Mowing the lawn is no brainer: HSHS Illinois offers top tips for preventing injuries

O’FALLON – Although we are in the middle of summer, there are a few months when lawns need to be mowed.

While mowing is a seemingly harmless activity, HSHS Illinois hospitals want to remind everyone to be safe while mowing.

According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, an average of 13 children in the US receive emergency medical treatment for a lawnmower injury every day. More than 86,000 adults are treated in an emergency room each year for cuts, partial amputations, and eye damage from cutting the grass.

Dr. Gurpreet Mander, chief medical officer at HSHS Illinois, said the most common injuries are when people bypass the safety mechanisms on machines.

“Whether it’s a push mower or a ride-on mower, a trimmer or a tractor, the safety features are there for a reason,” Mander said. “People often try to quickly clear grass near the blade or rush to get the job done and accidents happen.”

The experts at HSHS Illinois have five safety recommendations to protect you from head to toe this mowing season:

• Wear eye protection. Dirt is common behind mowers and trimmers – at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, which can damage your eyes. Low hanging branches should also be cut regularly to avoid eye injuries. Safety glasses are recommended; Don’t rely on everyday glasses.

• Turn off devices. This should be the first thing you do when you stop to empty the excavator, before you step away from the machine, when you fill the gas tank – or before unplugging the unit if it’s electrical – and before You pick up the knife or motor.

• Take care of children. It is best to keep children and pets indoors while using machines. It only takes a second for clothes, toys, and hair to get caught in moving parts. Lawn mowers are designed for one person. Never let children under the age of 16 drive a driver or allow children under the age of 12 to operate a push mower.

• Let the mower cool down before refilling the gas tank. A lawnmower’s exhaust pipe can reach 240 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause severe burns to your hands and arms and hot splashes in your eyes as the new gas pours on the existing hot gasoline.

• Wear closed shoes. It is easy for a rotating blade to sever toes. Sandals and flip flops are also less stable. Tripping, slipping, or tripping can result in contact with moving or hot parts.

Mander said if you have an injury, use pressure and a towel to control the bleeding and go to an emergency room or call 911 immediately. If there is an amputation and part of the appendix can be salvaged, wrap it with a clean cloth or gauze, put it in a bag of ice, and take it to the emergency room or give it to the paramedics on your 911 call react.

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