When are kids ready to start mowing the lawn?

LawnmowerAlthough smaller in size than most farm equipment, lawn mowers can be just as dangerous. The moving blades, operating engine, and potential for flying debris make lawn mowers dangerous if not used cautiously and with respect. Before assigning the task of mowing the yard, consider your child’s physical and cognitive ability.

 

Your child should:

• Be able to reach the controls without moving from the seat of a riding mower

• Have the strength to use a push mower

• Be trained in the safe operation of the mower, including observing an adult

 

Help make lawn mowing a rewarding and safe chore for older kids:

• Explain the dangers of flying objects and encourage them to pick up debris before mowing

• Provide and encourage the use of personal protective equipment like eye and ear protection, long pants, sturdy shoes

• Teach them to mow across slopes when using a push mower and to mow up and down slopes when on a riding mower

• Always mow dry grass

• Never point the discharge chute at anyone

• Never drive or push a mower across gravel with the blade engaged

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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