Health Watch -- Yard Work: Mower Safety

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When the weather gets warm, it's time to work in the lawn and garden. This week on Health Watch, we'll offer some tips to help you stay safe while working outdoors.

Mowing the lawn is a weekly — or more often — chore. It's also a potentially dangerous chore. More than 200,000 people are treated every year in emergency rooms for injuries related to lawn tools, including mowers. Mower injuries most often affect the hands, feet, fingers, toes, wrists and ankles.

Dr. Maureen Finnegan, an orthopaedic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says mower injuries often include amputations or partial amputations of the fingers and toes. 

Next on Health Watch: How to prevent mower injuries and what to do if one happens.

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May 2006

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