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Safety Rules - Craftsman 917.249890 Owner's Manual

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SAFETY RULES
A
Safe Operation
Practices
for Ride-On Mowers
AI_
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. GENERALOPERATION
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in the manual
and on the machine before starting
Only allow responsible
adults, who are familiar with the
instructions,
to operate the machine.
Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys, wire, etc.,
which could be picked up and thrown by the blade.
Be sure the area is clear of other people before mowing.
Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Never carry passengers.
Do not mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary. Always
look down and behind before and while backing.
Be aware of the mower discharge direction and 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 turn
off blades, set parking brake, stop engine, and remove keys
before dismounting.
Turn off blades when not mowing.
Stop engine before removing grass catcher or unclogging
chute.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
Do not operate the machine while under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing roadways.
Use extra care when loading or unloading the machine into
a trailer or truck.
Data indicates that operators, age 60 years and above, are
involved
in a large percentage
of riding mower-related
injuries.
These operators should evaluate their ability to
operate
the
riding
mower
safely
enough
to protect
themselves
and others from serious iniury.
Keep machine free of grass, leaves or other debris build-
up which can touch hot exhaust / engine parts and burn. Do
not allow the mower deck to plow leaves or other debris
which can cause build-up to occur. Clean any oil or fuel
spillage before operating or storing the machine.
Allow
machine to cool before storage.
II. SLOPE OPERATION
Slopes are a major factor related to loss-of-control
and
tipover accidents, which can result in severe injury ordeath.
All slopes require extra caution. If you cannot back up the
slope or if you feel 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
overturn the machine. Taft grass can hide obstacles.
Use slow speed, Choose a low gear so that you will not have
to stop or shift while on the slope.
Follow the manufacturer's
recommendations for wheel
weights or counterweights to improve stability.
Use extra care with grass catchers or other attachments.
These can change the stability of the machine.
Keep all movement on the slopes s/owand gradual
Do not
make sudden changes in speed or direction.
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope, if tires lose traction,
disengage the blades and proceed slowly straight down
the slope.
DO NOT:
Do not
turn on slopes unless necessary, and then, turn
slowly and gradually
downhill, if possible.
Donotmow
near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments.
The
mower could suddenly turn 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.
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your foot on the
ground.
Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes.
IlL CHILDREN
Tragic
accidents
can occur if the operator
is not alert to the
presence
of children.
Children
are often attracted
to the
machine
and the mowing
activity.
Never
assume
that
children
will remain where you last saw them.
Keep children out of the mowing area and under the 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 safe machine operation.
Never allow children to 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 store the 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 and bolts, especially blade attachment bolts, tight
and keep equipment in good condition.
Never tamper with safety devices.
Check their proper
operation
regularly.
Keep machine free 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 with the engine running.
Grass catcher components
are subject to wear, damage,
and deterioration, which could expose moving parts or allow
objects to be thrown.
Frequently check components
and
replace with manufacturer's
recommended
parts, when
necessary.
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.
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