Safety Rules - Craftsman 917.242440 Owner's Manual

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SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation Practices for Ride-On Mowers
IMPORTANT:
THIS CUTTING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF AMPUTATING HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING
OBJECTS. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH.
I.
GENERAL
OPERATION
Read, understand, and follow all instructionsin the manual
and on the machine before starting.
Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the
instructions,to operate the machine.
Cleartheareaofobjeotesuch as recks, toys,wire, etc., which
could be picked up and thrown by the blade.
Be surethe area is clear of otherpeople beforemowing. Stop
machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carrypassengers.
Do not mow in reverse unlessabsolutelynecessary. Always
look down and behind before and while backing.
Be aware of the mower discharge directionand do not point
it at anyone. Do not operate the mower without either the
entire grass catcher or the guard in place.
Slow down before turning.
Never leave a running machine unattended. Always turnoff
blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys
before dismounting.
Turn off bladeswhen not mowing.
Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging
chute.
Mow only in daylight or good artificiallight.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
Watch for trafficwhen operating near or crossingroadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloadingthe machineinto a
trailer or truck.
I1. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-controland tipover
accidents, which can result in severe injury or death. All slopes
require extra caution. If youcannot backup the slopeor ifyoufeel
uneasy on it, do not mow it.
DO:
Mow up and down slopes, not across.
Remove obstacles such as rocks,tree limbs, etc.
Watch for holes, ruts, or bumps.
Uneven terrain could
overturnthe machine. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed. Choose a low gear sothat youwill not have
to stop or shiftwhile on the slope.
Followthemanufactureer's recommendations forwheel weights
or counterweightsto improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stabilityof the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual. Do not
make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Avoid startingor stopping on a slope. If tires lose traction,
disengage the blades and proceed slowly straightdown the
slope.
DO NOT:
Do not turnonslopes unlessnecessary,andthen, turnslowly
and gradually downhill,if possible.
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches,or embankments. The
mower couldsuddenlyrum over if a wheel is over the edge of
a cliff or ditch,or if an edge caves in.
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction could cause
sliding.
Donottrytostabilizethemachinebyputtingyourfootonthe
ground.
Do not use grasscatcher on steep slopes.
IlL CHILDREN
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the
presence of children. Childrenare oftenattracted to the machine
andthe mowingactivity. Neverassume that children will remain
where you last saw them.
Keep childrenoutofthe mowingarea andunderthe watchful
care of another responsible adult.
Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the area.
Before and when backing, look behind and down for small
children.
Never carry children. They may fall off and be seriously
injured or interfere with the safe machine operation.
Never allow childrento operate the machine.
Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs,
trees, or other objects that may obscure vision.
IV. SERVICE
Use extra care in handling gasoline and other fuels. They
are flammable and vapors are explosive.
Use only an approved container.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel with the engine
running. Allow engine to cool before refueling. Do not
smoke.
Never refuel the machine indoors.
Never storethe machine or fuel container inside where
there is an open flame, such as a water heater.
Never run a machine inside a closed area.
Keep nuts andbolts,especiallyblade attachment bolts,tight
and keep equipment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper
operation regulady.
Keep machinefree of grass,leaves, or other debris build-up.
Clean. oil or fuel spillage. Allow machine to cool before
storing.
Stop and inspect the equipment if you strike an object.
Repair, if necessary, before restarting.
Never make adjustments or repairs withthe engine running.
Grass catcher components are subject to wear, damage,
and deterioration,whichcould expose movingparts or allow
objects to be thrown. Frequently check components and
replace with manufacturer'srecommended parts, when nec-
essary.
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the blade(s) or
wear gloves, and use extra caution when servicing them.
Check brake operation frequently.
Adjust and service as
required.
Look for this symbol to point out impor-
tant safety precautions.
It means
CAUTION!!! BECOME ALERT!!! YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
&
CAUTION:
Always disconnect spark
plug wire and place wire where it cannot
contact spark plug in order to prevent
accidental starting when setting up,
transporting,
adjusting
or making
repairs.
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