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- Operate lawn mowers only if you are trained and authorized to do so.
- Be sure that all safety devices are in position and working (e.g. rear shield, grass chute deflector, handle upstops and “dead man control.”)
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (i.e. close-fitting clothes, sturdy non-slip shoes, eye protection, etc.).
- Fill the fuel tank outdoors when engine is cold. Wipe up any spills.
- Do not smoke while fueling the engine.
- Remove and throw away any debris on the lawn that could become a projectile if picked up by the mower.
- Do not push a running mower over gravel, stones, or hard objects such as pipes, rocks, or sidewalks.
- Keep hands and feet clear of the blade housing and the discharge chute.
- Point the discharge chute away from people, pets, buildings, windows, and glass doors.
- Turn the mower off if you leave it for even a moment.