June 21, 2006 Posted at 1:15 p.m. CST
Jonesboro, AR - Summer is here! But with the summer fun comes chores and work, like mowing the yard. Many people don't think a whole lot about mowing, and that's where the dangers arise. Over 10,000 lawn mower accidents occur every year and at least half of those result in amputation of the toes, feet, or legs.
Local lawn care businesses like A to Z Lawn Care in Jonesboro have safety regulations and training to undergo before handling a mower.
"It's dangerous using a mower, it has two sharp blades, or one depending on the machine, and they can move up to 200 mph. It's not a toy, and you shouldn't be playing on it."
Clayton Kellew with A to Z urges parents and families to think before using a mower. He says although it may be fun to take them for a ride on the mower, it's not a good idea.
"It's not a safe thing to do. They can get thrown off easily and get caught under a blade. If that's the case they could lose a limb or get hurt pretty bad."
Some other safety tips to remember...
*Don't try to fix anything while the motor is running
*Keep hands and feet away from the deck and blade at all times
*Be aware of children or animals around before and during mowing.