Elizabeth St. James, RN, is a certified plastic surgical nurse in Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Elizabeth St. James, RN, is a certified plastic surgical nurse in Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

It is summer once again — and that means time to mow our lawns. Every summer — and every year — is different when it comes to your child. He or she is a little older. That is why it is important to make lawnmower safety a dinnertime conversation every year.

There are simple rules you can share with your family today. They include:

  1. Children must be 12 years old to operate a push mower and 16 years old to operate a riding mower.
  2. Children do not ride on your lap.
  3. Children must stay in in the house when mowing is happening.
  4. Before you mow, check your lawn for toys, rocks, or sticks that could become projectiles.
  5. Before you mow, cut low-lying limbs and branches from trees.
  6. When you mow, wear boots — no sandals!
  7. When you mow, wear hearing and eye protection.
  8. Do not mow when the grass is wet and slippery.
  9. Use mowers that stop when the control bar is released.
  10. Never pull a mower backwards toward you.
  11. Dismount from a mower only when the blade fully stops.
  12. Only re-fuel a mower when it has cooled completely.

Post this near your lawn mower storage area as a reminder to keep you and your family safe from injury.

More resources: Read “Protecting Your Child From Lawnmower Accidents” by Robert Nesbit, MD, plastic surgeon at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Elizabeth St. James, RN, is a certified plastic surgical nurse in Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Vermont Medical Center. 

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