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· know your controls;

· read the suppliers manual carefully. Learn to stop the engine quickly in any emergency;

· make sure the turf is clear of sticks, stones, bones, wire and debris - they could be thrown by the blade;

· stop the engine and disconnect spark plug’s lead before checking or working on the mower;

· before using, always visually inspect to see that blades, blade bolts and cutter assembly are not worn or damaged;

· replace worn or damaged blades;

· damaged blades and worn belts are major hazards - check all nuts, bolts and screws often;

· always be sure the mower is in a safe operating condition;

· add fuel before starting engines; avoid spilling petrol and do not fill the tank while the engine is running or while you are smoking;

· do not mow while people, especially children, or pets are in the mowing area;

· never use the mower unless the grassbox or guards provided by the manufacturer are in position;

· do not mow barefoot or in open sandals;

· disengage all blades and drive clutches before starting;

· start the engine carefully with feet well away from the blade;

· do not operate engine in a confined space where exhaust fumes (carbon monoxide) can collect;

· stop engine before pushing the mower across gravel drives, walks or roads;

· stop the engine whenever you leave the mower;

· do not allow children or people unfamiliar with these instructions to use mowers;

· be extra careful of your footing on slopes or wet grass;

· never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you;

· do not over accelerate the engine or alter governor settings. excessive speed is dangerous and shortens mower life;

· store fuel in a cool place in a container specifically designed for the purpose;

· in general plastic containers for fuel storage are unsuitable; and

· never pick up or carry a mower when it is operating.