Vanderbilt doctors warn about lawnmower injuries

Vanderbilt doctors warn about lawnmower injuries

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Spring may be a time to spruce up the yard, but it's also a time when some children face devastating injuries from lawnmowers.

Doctors at the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt have already seen two lawnmower-related accidents this spring. There were a total of six in all of 2013.

Vanderbilt doctors say there are three main types of mowing injuries: kids who fall, slip or trip in the path of a mower; older children who get their fingers or toes cut off while mowing the lawn; and roll-over injuries.

Vanderbilt is offering the following safety tips: Children should never ride as passengers on lawnmowers; keep kids at a safe distance from mowers; wear closed-toed shoes with slip-proof soles while mowing; and make sure your child is old enough to mow the lawn.

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