ASPS Issues Warning About Lawn Mower Accidents this Summer

Lawn mower accidents may require extensive plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery, so it’s important to take steps to prevent all types of injuries from machines and equipment such as lawn mowers – especially if these are operated by young children and teens this summer. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently issued a press release as part of its National Home Safety Month campaign this June, warning Americans that lawn mowers can be very dangerous to children and that proper safety precautions must be taken at all times.

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Dangers of Lawn Mowers

American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) President Keith Brandt, MD, states that, “Lawn mower injuries to children are easily preventable. Children should remain in the house or under the direct supervision of another adult, whenever a lawn mower is being used. If no other adult is available, create a danger zone of 20 feet around the mower. Shut down immediately if anyone enters the danger zone.”

Several plastic and reconstructive surgery organizations are banding together to spread awareness about this common problem, and to educate adults and children about the importance of lawn mower safety this season. Organizations involved in this effort include the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Potential Plastic and Reconstructive Procedures for Lawn Mower Accidents

The dangers of improper lawn mower usage are very real and many youngsters are at risk for losing their limbs, getting serious burns, or experiencing an injury to the eye when they are victims of a lawn mower accident. It’s always important for the lawn mower operator to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and to make sure that there are no toys, stones, rocks and other types of debris scattered on the lawn. Young children and pets should be kept a safe distance from the lawn at all times, and those who are operating the mower need to wear appropriate eye and ear protection.

Individuals who are involved in a serious lawn mower accident may end up needing a series of plastic and reconstructive procedures, including nose reshaping surgery, a hip or joint replacement, reconstructive knee surgery or even reconstructive breast surgery in female victims.

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