Segment: Lawnmowers pose real peril to kids

Kimber Brossart, 3, had snuck up behind her mom while she was mowing the lawn. In a moment, Lindsay Brossart backed up and the lawnmower contacted Kimber's right foot, leading to several surgeries and, ultimately, a partial amputation at Harborview Medical Center.  

Summer is the season for these injuries, says Dr. Fred Rivara, a pediatrician and investigator of Harborview's Injury Prevention and Research Center.  "The common scenario is that the parent thinks their child is either in the house and not around, and the parent doesn't realize that the child is playfully sneaking up on them," he says. "Make sure your child is in the house, being supervised by somebody else, while you're cutting the grass."

Rivara discusses the topic in this downloadable video segment


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