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Keep Kids Out of Mowing Area, Says Outdoor Power Equipment Institute June is National Safety Month

June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) advises consumers to remain alert and aware of where kids are when mowing this summer.

“The best safety advice we can give is to simply keep children off of riding mowers and out of the work area while operating a mower,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI.  “You don’t allow a child to get behind the wheel of a car or run around a moving car, so just follow this same principle when it comes to mowers.”

In time for National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths, OPEI issued the following tips:

  1. Do not give children a ride on a riding mower, even with the blades turned off.“If you put a child on a riding mower, even with the blades turned off, they may run out for another ride later when you are operating the machine and get seriously hurt,” added Kiser.
  2. Look down and behind you when backing up a riding mower.
  3. Stop mowing and turn off the engine if children are near.
  4. Store and lock your mower, keeping keys out of reach of the children.
  5. Do not let children run around or play near mowers.
  6. When using a riding mower, it is best for children to be inside, with adult supervision.

Additional safety information can be found at http://opei.org/greenspace-and-you/safety/

About OPEI

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 84 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. OPEI is a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) in the development of safety and performance standards. For more information, visit www.OPEI.org.