Power tools make yard work easier, from mowing the lawn to trimming the bushes. These tools,
however, also pose a threat to children if precautions aren't taken.
Accidents involving lawnmowers send thousands of children age 18 or younger to emergency rooms each year.
And several thousand more are hurt by other outdoor power tools.
Lawnmower injuries include cuts, burns, and other injuries to arms and legs, loss of fingers and limbs,
inhalational injuries from toxic fumes, and eye injuries from flying debris.
Most of these injuries can be prevented if young children are properly supervised or simply kept out of the work area:
Lawnmower injuries range from minor cuts and burns to broken bones and amputations,
the American Society for Surgery of the Hand says.
The society suggests how to stay safer while using a mower:
When you and your family are outside doing yardwork, it's important to watch out for heat-related illnesses!
You can learn more about heat-related illnesses and how you can prevent them by reading our helpful guide.
Beat the Heat!