It's a common cause of emergency room visits as the weather warms-- lawnmower injuries! Krister Freese, MD, a pediatric hand surgeon with Shriners Hospitals for Children--Portland, joined us to discuss some of the traumatic, but all too common, injuries a lawn mower can cause. He also shared several safety tips from The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS):
- Children should never be in the yard when a lawnmower is in use. Teach children to avoid running lawnmowers.
- No riders other than the operator should be allowed on a riding mower
- The AAOS recommends that children who are 15 and younger should be kept away from lawnmowers in use.
- Children should be at least 12 years of age before operating a push lawn mower, and age 16 to operate a driving lawn mower.
- Caution should be used when mowing hills and slopes. Do not cut wet grass.
Shriners Hospitals for Children--Portland is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay.
- Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland
- 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
For more information, visit their website.