Lawn Mower Accident Statistics and Facts

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    Lawnmowers are one of the most common tools you will find in every garage or shed – but they can be surprisingly dangerous! Our team compiled a list of 20 lawnmower accident statistics so you know everything there is to know about push and riding lawnmowers.

    Usage Facts

    • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be at least 12 years of age to operate a walk-behind power mower or hand mower safely and 16 years of age to operate a riding lawn mower safely. (healthychildren.org, 2018)
    • In 2003, in response to the rising toll of these accidents, the mower industry adopted a voluntary standard for riding mowers. It requires the blades to stop spinning when the mower moves in reverse. (
      NBC News, 2019)

    Damage Statistics

    • In the U.S., more than 9,000 children go to the emergency room for lawn mower-related injuries every year. (healthychildren.org, 2018)
    • In 2016, more than 86,000 adults and 4,500 children in the U.S. were treated in emergency departments for injuries related to lawn mowers. (aaos.org)
    • The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates more than 37,000 Americans suffer a power mower-related injury each year. (foothealthfacts.org)
    • On average every day in the United States, 13 children receive emergency treatment for a lawn mower-related injury. (sciencedaily.com, 2017)

    Lawn mowers are one of the most dangerous pieces of yard equipment if not used properly. We recommend keeping young children and pets inside while mowing the lawn and double-check the engine and blades for potential problems and damage every time you mow the lawn.