Boy mowing the yard

  • Only use a push lawn mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.
  • Children should be at least 12 years old before operating a push lawn mower, and age 16 to operate a riding lawn mower.
  • Wear sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) while mowing.
  • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. Wearing polycarbonate protective eyewear at all times is recommended for anyone using a mower and for anyone in the vicinity of a mower.
  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.
  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawn mower equipment, or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
  • Use a stick or broom handle (not your hands or feet) to remove debris in lawn mowers.
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers on riding mowers, and keep children out of the yard while mowing.
  • To prevent mower rollover, drive up and down—not across—slopes or hills.
  • Keep your lawn mower in good working order. Have it serviced to ensure that it is working correctly before using it for the first time in a season.

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