More children being treated for lawn mower related injuries than in past

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seven patients have come to Children's Mercy so far this year with lawn mower related injuries, which is the same number the hospital saw all of last year.

Dr. Dale Jarka, an Orthopedic Surgeon at the hospital says the increase in injuries is a trend that needs to stop. Dr. Jarka says the most common injuries she sees from lawn mowers are in the lower extremities such as feet and legs, but occasionally hands are also cut or amputated.

To prevent lawn mower accidents from happening, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • never let kids ride on riding mowers
  • make sure kids are inside and away from the mowing area
  • remove twigs, stones or toys from the area
  • don’t reverse the lawn mower unless absolutely necessary

Dr. Jarka said she is so passionate about ending lawn mower related injuries that she stops driving and gets out of her car when she notices people practicing poor lawn mower safety.

"This is a really bad idea. Please don't have the kids on the riding lawn mower, and sometimes it's taken better than others," said Dr. Jarka.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than 17,000 kids and teens are treated for lawn mower accident injuries each year. Dr. Jarka said she wants people to realized that the injuries are 100 percent preventable.

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