Lawnmower Safety Tips

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What can you do to keep your children safe this summer?
Air Date: 6/17/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
44d6eb7a737d0db73639266d651a8329Dr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Lawnmower Safety Tips
More than 250,000 people were treated for lawnmower-related injuries last year, and the incidence of these injuries is on the rise.

Kids under age 19 account for 17,000 of these injuries every year, but adults are mostly affected.

Before learning how to mow the lawn, your child should show the maturity, good judgment, strength and coordination that the job requires.

In general, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should be at least 12 years of age before operating a walk-behind power mower or hand mower safely.

Dr. Corinn Cross shares lawnmower safety tips and how you can keep your children safe this summer.
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