It may have been cloudy Thursday, but this is the time of year when people are getting back into yard work and pulling out the lawn mower. So tonight a warning to not take that job lightly.
A new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine finds there were 80,000 visits to the emergency room in 2004 due to lawn mower-related injuries. The most common injury sited was broken bones in the feet and toes from debris that propels off the mower blades. But at UMC, Dr. Tony Gonzales says he sees a more serious accident often among experienced mowers.
"We see a lot of patients that have been mowing lawns for a long time and they do this as a profession and I've seen people that have been doing it for 15 or 20 years and they'll forget and they put their fingers under the lawn mower trying to clear the debris and in the process they'll end up amputating their fingers," said Dr. Gonzales.
No matter how many times you've used a lawn mower, the experts advise that when you mow, you should wear goggles, pants and closed toe shoes and make sure the emergency cut-off is working properly.