Research done in Sweden has revealed that gardeners with petrol driven lawnmowers could be exposing themselves to large amounts of chemicals that could lead to alarming health problems such as cancer.
In just one hour petrol mowers generate the same level of carcinogens as a car engine does on a 160-kilometre journey, also producing carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, methane, hydrocarbons and smoke particles.
Breathing in these dangerous gases could be extremely damaging to yours and your families health.
Dr Westerholm who carried out the research at Stockholm University in Sweden expressed concern of people’s proximity to these exhaust fumes as they cut the grass.
‘People are breathing these fumes in,’ he added. Lawnmowers are important sources of PAHs that have not been investigated before.
‘Some of these chemicals have been found to be carcinogenic in animals, and I would expect them to be carcinogenic in humans as well.’ ‘It’s not good for your health,’ he warned.
Even manual or electric lawnmowers aren’t without their risks. Pushing a lawnmower can add strain to your back as you lean forward, adding five kilograms of weight to your lower back and common injuries when using an electric mower include electric shocks and trips over trailing cables or extension leads.
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