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SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers
III. CHILDREN
GENERAL SERVICE
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to 
•  Never operate machine in a closed area.
the presence of children.  Children are often attracted to 
•  Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the equipment 
the ma chine and the mowing activity.  Never assume that 
is in safe working condition.
children will remain where you last saw them.
•  Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper 
• 
Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful 
operation regularly.
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
•  Keep machine free of grass, leaves, or other debris 
•  Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the 
build-up.  Clean oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel-
area.
soaked debris.  Allow machine to cool before storing.
•  Before and while backing, look behind and down for 
•  If you strike a foreign object, stop and inspect the 
small children. 
machine. Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
• 
Never carry children, even with the blades shut off.  They 
• 
Never make any adjustments or repairs with the engine 
may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with 
run ning.
safe machine operation. Children who have been given 
•  Check grass catcher components and the discharge 
rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing 
guard frequently and replace with manufacturer's rec-
area for another ride and be run over or backed over 
ommended parts, when necessary.
by the machine.
•  Mower blades are sharp.  Wrap the blade or wear 
•  Never allow children to operate the machine.
gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
• 
Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, 
• 
Check brake operation frequently.  Adjust and service 
trees, or other objects that may block your view of a 
as required.
child.
•  Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as 
IV. TOWING
necessary.
•  Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed for 
towing. Do not attach towed equipment except at the 
hitch point.
• 
Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for weight 
limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes.
•  Never allow children or others in or on towed equip-
•  Be sure the area is clear of bystanders before operat-
ment.
ing.  Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
•  On slopes, the weight of the towed equipment may 
cause loss of traction and loss of control.
•  Never carry passengers.
•  Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop. 
•  Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. 
Al ways look down and behind before and while backing.
V. SERVICE
• 
Never carry children, even with the blades shut off.  They 
SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE
may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with 
safe machine operation. Children who have been given 
To avoid personal injury or property damage, use extreme 
rides in the past may suddenly appear in the mowing 
care in handling gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable 
area for another ride and be run over or backed over 
and the vapors are explosive.
by the machine.
•  Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other 
• 
Keep children out of the mowing area and in the watchful 
sources of ignition.
care of a responsible adult other than the operator.
•  Use only approved gasoline container.
• 
Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine run-
•  Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters the 
area.
ning. Allow engine to cool before refueling.
•  Never fuel the machine indoors.
•  Before and while backing, look behind and down for 
• 
Never store the machine or fuel container where there 
small children.
is an open flame, spark, or pilot light such as on a water 
•  Mow up and down slopes (15° Max), not across.
heater or other appliances.
•  Choose a low ground speed so that you will not have 
•  Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or 
to stop or shift while on the slope.
trailer bed with plastic liner. Always place containers 
•  Avoid starting, stopping, or turning on a slope.  If the 
on the ground away from your vehicle when filling.
tires lose traction,  disengage the blades and proceed 
• 
Remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or trailer 
slowly straight down the slope.
and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then 
• 
If machine stops while going uphill, disengage blades, 
refuel such equipment with a portable container, rather 
shift into reverse and back down slowly.
than from a gasoline dispenser nozzle.
• 
Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank 
• 
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn 
or container opening at all times until fueling is complete. 
slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.
Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
•  If fuel is spilled on clothing, change clothing immedi-
ately.
•  Never overfill fuel tank. Replace gas cap and tighten 
securely.
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