A riding lawn mower or lawn tractor can be a handy tool to keep your
yard looking great. As with any tool, you must respect its power and use
caution during operation. These precautions are especially critical if
children are in the area. You can severely injure or kill by running
over a child with the riding mower - in forward or reverse - with the
blades engaged, or when objects are hit and thrown by the spinning
Remember these important guidelines for operating a mower:
- Never give rides. A child may fall off the mower and into the spinning blades. Giving rides may also cause the child to be attracted to the mower, and the child may later approach without being seen.
- Use extreme caution in reverse. Keep alert for anyone who may enter the mowing area. Always look down and behind before and while backing up.
- Know where your kids are. Keep kids away from the mowing area. Have adult supervision to prevent them from approaching the mower before you have finished. Stop mowing if a child approaches the mowing area.
- Read safety instructions. You should also read and follow the safety instructions in your owner's manual and remember to keep the keys to your mower away from children.