Mowing safely on steep hills

Authorities said one man was injured in a lawn mower accident Wednesday in Danville.

Members with Danville Life Saving Crew said a zero-turn mower overturned near Third Avenue West; the man operating the mower had to be rescued.

The man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said tens of thousands of people end up in the Emergency Room annually with injuries from a lawnmower.

The Amputee Coalition said an average of 600 children suffer an injury from a lawnmower that results in an amputation.

Scott Laughon of Specialized Saw and Mower, Inc. in Salem told WFXR News that lawnmowers are a powerful tool that should not be underestimated.

"People need to remember that there are blades underneath these lawnmowers that are very, very dangerous," said Laughon.

Despite safety advancements like seat sensors, Laughon said accidents still happen.

Many families still use traditional riding lawnmowers, but Laughon said some zero-turn mowers handle inclines and slopes better.

"On a steering wheel unit, you have control of all four wheels which makes it a heck of a lot safer on a hill. We do recommend a zero turn with a steering wheel," said Laughon.

It's a great way to make some extra summer money, but Laughon said children and teens should be trained and supervised when they operate a lawnmower.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be at least 12 years old to operate a push mower, and at least 16 to operate a riding mower.

 


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