Parents have been advised to keep their children a safe distance from lawnmowers after four children were severly injured in the last six weeks in gardening accidents.
The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons president Dr Patricia Eadie stated that two children suffered “horrific foot injuries” resulting in both patients losing most of their toes and a lot of their foot, and another two were treated for “severe hand injuries”, one who lost all the fingers on one hand and the second child lost most of their fingers.
In three of the four cases, According to Dr Eadie three of the four accidents were caused by the children being near to ride-on mowers.
“Lock up your children. That should be the first thing anyone does before starting the lawnmower or have a second adult to supervise them,” Dr Eadie added.
She also added that several adults have presented with lawnmower related injuries during the same period. Absolutely vigilance is a must when operating any machinery in the garden.