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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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