Avoid­ing lawnmower in­juries

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Books - Drs. Oz and Roizen Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleveland Clinic. Email your health and well­ness ques­tions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at youdocs­daily @sharec

Q: We bought a new house with a nice front and back yards. My hus­band is ex­cited about cut­ting the lawn and is off buy­ing a new push mower. I don’t want him cut­ting off his foot. Should I be con­cerned? —

Abi­gail N., Catskill, New York

A: No and yes. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion, since their fed­eral safety stan­dards for power mow­ers were in­sti­tuted back in 1982, the num­ber of an­nual lawn mower in­juries has been re­duced by half. How­ever, even though lawn mow­ers are much safer now (make sure your hus­band buys one that says “Meets CPSC blade safety re­quire­ments”), in­juries still hap­pen.

A new study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Emer­gency Medicine found that lawn mower in­juries con­tinue to send more than 80,000 Amer­i­cans to the emer­gency de­part­ment ev­ery year.

The most com­mon type of lawn mower-in­flicted in­jury is, of course, lac­er­a­tion. So re­mem­ber:

■ The Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Surgery of the Hand sug­gests wear­ing gloves, gog­gles and hear­ing pro­tec­tion when you mow. And al­ways wear sturdy, closed­toed shoes.

■ Don’t cut the grass when wet. Wet clip­pings clog the blades and the dis­charge chute, and that’s typ­i­cally when hands reach in.

■ Clear the yard of po­ten­tial fly­ing ob­jects, such as branches, stones and other de­bris be­fore you mow.

The No. 2 cause of mower moan­ing? Mus­cle sprain or strain. So, make sure the mower stays hy­drated, maybe do run­ner’s stretches be­fore mow­ing, and take a break ev­ery 20 to

30 min­utes. Not be­ing fa­tigued will re­duce your chance of other in­juries, too.

When­ever you mow, wear long pants tucked into your socks, and spray them with DEET to ward off tick and mos­quito bites. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion says that dis­ease cases from in­sect bites in­creased from more than 27,000 in 2014, to

96,075 in 2016.

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