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Good Question: How many people are injured each year because of lawn mower accidents?

By: Amber Phipott Email
By: Amber Phipott Email

In the last week we have covered two incidents in Lexington where someone on a lawn mower hit a gas line.

Believe it or not accidents involving mowers happen more than you think.

Good Question: How many people are injured each year because of lawn mower accidents?

There is a distinct sound that can be heard throughout neighborhoods this time of year, lawn mowers.

The machines are essential tools in keeping our yards well groomed, but they can also be dangerous.

"If there are mowing injuries this is when its going to happen is in summer time, so we certainly see more, we've seen some incidents lately where mowers have come in contact with things they shouldn't," said Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs with the Lexington Fire Department.

Just last week a woman was injured while mowing near Eastern State Hospital when she hit a gas line igniting a fire and then this week a teenager did the same thing, only this time he wasn't injured.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there are 200,000 people injured each year because of mowers, 16,000 of those are children.

"With lawn mower injuries, obviously injuries to hands and feet are most common, second only by the opportunity to have something fly out of it," said Battalion Chief Griggs.

The fire department says one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe while mowing is simply take a minute and walk through your yard and look for anything that your mower might hit.

When it comes to your mower, safety mechanisms are key.

"We've got a blade brake which is excellent that protects the user in case they should let go of the mower, there is an emergency that lets go and it automatically stops the blade," said Battalion Chief Griggs.

That's good, but Battalion Chief Griggs says there are some things that can present a problem.

"The shield is missing on this mower, it prevents and allows grass to escape, but at same time shield drop over and prevents flying debris."

Battalion Chief Griggs says never have anyone around while mowing, including children and always mow in the proper direction while on a hillside.

Tips and ways to stay safe and your yard looking green.

Battalion Chief Griggs says to make sure you wear proper eye and ear protection and good shoes wile mowing.

He also says if you see a gas line that is exposed report it immediately before mowing.


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