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Remember these safety steps when operating any outdoor power equipment:
  1. Know How to Operate Your Equipment.
    • Read and understand the operator and safety manuals.
    • Know the controls and how they work.
    • Follow safety instructions.

  2. Dress Properly for the Job
    • Wear long pants and close-fitting clothes.
    • Wear sturdy shoes.
    • Don't wear things that could get caught in moving parts like loose jewelry or clothing; be careful of long hair.

  3. Handle Gas Carefully
    • Don't spill when you fill.
    • Fill up before you start, when the engine is cold.
    • Store gas in approved container in a cool, ventilated area.
    • Never smoke around gas.

  4. Clear the Area Before You Start
    • Pick up rocks, twigs, toys - anything that could be
      thrown by the equipment.

  5. Keep Children & Pets Away from the Work Area
    • Never give a child, or anyone, a ride.
    • Children should be kept inside, away from the work area.

  6. Operate Carefully & Follow Safety Procedures
    • Turn off engine and disconnect spark plug wire when working on the equipment or attempting to unclog debris.
    • If you leave the equipment, turn off the engine and remove key.
    • Never allow children to operate any type of outdoor power equipment. Only allow responsible adults who are familiar with the instructions to operate equipment.

  7. Keep Hands & Feet Away From Moving Parts
    • Never work on equipment when it's running.
    • Never remove or tamper with safety devices or labels.

  8. Wear Hearing & Eye Protection
    • Use special earmuffs or earplugs to protect your ears while allowing you to hear the sounds you need to hear.
    • Always wear safety glasses or goggles.


    Acknowledgments:
    Outdoors Power Equipment Institute
    Safe Kids Worldwide
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