Sorry, Kids - Lawnmowers Are For Adults!
What's likely a mixed blessing for youngsters the world over, general guidelines
recommend that children under the age of 12 years do not operate lawnmowers (or any other power
equipment). While it gives many a valid reason for not pulling lawn duty on chore day, there are some
kids that will miss out on the opportunity to earn some summer cash in one of the oldest careers around -
lawnboy! But it's better to be safe than run the risk of serious injury just for a couple of dollars.
Lawnmowers are not toys and children should not be encouraged to mow the lawn until
they are mature enough both physically and mentally. Now matter how convenient it may be to have "junior"
take care of the lawn for you once and a while, only you can be the judge of whether your child is capable
of handling a snowthrower or not.
Children and teenagers that are going to be taught how to mow the lawn and use the mower
on a regular basis should follow guidelines similar to those for snowthrowers and other power equipment:
- They need to be able to read and understand the Owner's Manual and Safety Guidelines, appreciate
the risks involved, and know how to avoid unnecessary risk.
- They should be instructed on the safety features of the lawnmower and know how to operate them.
Especially important is the ability to stop the mower in an emergency.
- They should be of sufficient size and weight to maintain control of the mower in all situations
and terrains without undue risk. They also must be able to reach and comfortably use all controls and
features on the lawnmower.
These rules can apply equally to children and inexperienced adults. Supervise new and
inexperienced operators until they become comfortable and confident with their ability to safely mow the
lawn. If you have doubts about your children's or others ability to operate the lawnmower safely, don't
risk it! Do the job yourself and keep everyone safe.
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