Lawn Mower Safety

Lawn Mower Safety

Designing a Safe Lawn Mower

Your Honda is equipped with several significant safety features, as the time spent in preparation and understanding each function is the key to safe operation.

It is important to familiarize yourself with your product and its features, design and operation before use, even if you have operated similar power products in the past. Please read and fully understand your owner's manual and read the information below for proper controls and how to safely operate them.

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The Honda RotoStop™ Blade Stop System safely stops blades from turning, but keeps the engine running with no need to restart.

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The Zone Start Safety System creates a designated ‘operator zone’ required to restart the engine.

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Variable Speed Transmission allows for safe operation set at the most comfortable speed for the user.

*Disclaimer: users are advised to check owner's manual to confirm available product safety features prior to use.

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A Few Words About Safety

  • Your safety and the safety of others are very important.
  • This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.
  • It is not practical or possible to warn you about all the hazards associated with operating or maintaining your Honda lawn mower. You must use your own good judgement.
  • Your safety is your responsibility. A little time spent in preparation will significantly reduce your risk of injury.
  • Read and understand your owner's manual.
  • Know what the controls do and how to operate them.
  • Familiarize yourself with your lawn mower and its operation before you begin using it.
  • Know how to quickly shut off your Honda lawn mower in case of emergency.

Keep Your Lawn Mower In Safe Operating Condition

  • Check your lawn mowers condition before each use.
  • The engine exhausts carbon monoxide, be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine.
  • Hot parts may cause burns, let the engine and exhaust cool before touching.
  • Moving parts may cause injury, stop the lawn mower before you proceed with any maintenance or repair.

Keep Yourself Safe

  • Know how to stop your lawn mower quickly.
  • Understand the operation of all controls.
  • Avoid rotating blades, as they can cause serious cuts and even amputate fingers, hands, toes, or feet.
  • Keep away from the mower deck whenever the engine is running.
  • If you need to adjust the cutting height or work around the deck for any other reason, always shut off the engine.
  • Be alert. Operating this product when you are tired, ill or under the influence of alcohol or drugs may result in serious injury.
  • Wear heavy gloves and disconnect the spark plug cap when you need to clean the mower deck or handle the blades.
  • Guards and shields are designed to protect you from being hit by thrown objects and from hot engine parts and moving components.
  • Wearing protective clothing will reduce your risk of injury.
  • Long pants and eye protection reduce the risk of injuries from thrown objects.
  • Sturdy shoes with aggressive soles will help protect your feet and give you better traction on slopes or uneven ground.
  • Refuel with care, as gasoline is extremely flammable and vapours can explode.
  • Use only a nonflammable solvent, not gasoline, to clean parts.
  • Refuel only outdoors, in a well-ventilated area, with the engine off.
  • Never smoke near gasoline, and keep other flames and sparks away.

Keep Safety Of Others In Mind

  • Always check, inspect and clear the mowing area before operating the lawn mower.
  • Check the condition of the grass. Adjust your lawn mower ground speed and mowing swath accordingly.
  • Lawn mower blades can throw rocks and other objects with enough force to cause serious injury.
  • Remove all sticks, stones, pieces of wire, nails, wires, cords and other loose objects.
  • Never operate the blades over gravel.
  • People and animals near the work area can move into your lawn mower path or into a position where they could be struck by thrown objects.
  • Clear the area of children and pets. Their safety is your responsibility.
  • Turn engine off when not mowing or in use.
  • If you need to leave the lawn mower for any reason, even just to inspect the lawn ahead, always turn the engine off.

Important Message About Youth/Child Safety

  • Lawn mowers are tools, not toys. As with any equipment, bad judgments can result in serious injuries.
  • You can help prevent accidents by making good decisions about if, when, and how a child operates this equipment.
  • The first question you'll need to ask is whether the child is capable of operating your Honda mower safely.
  • Physically, a child must be LARGE ENOUGH AND STRONG ENOUGH to easily start your lawn mower and control its direction.
  • The child also needs enough size, strength, and coordination to comfortably reach and operate the controls.
  • Anyone who takes unnecessary risks and doesn't obey rules should not operate your lawn mower.
  • Carefully read and review the owner's manual with any child you plan to allow to operate it.
  • Make sure children wear sturdy shoes and other protective clothing when operating or handling your lawn mower.
  • It is your responsibility to provide good adult supervision.
  • Walk with the child during the first few minutes of mowing.
  • An adult should also be present during refuelling and maintenance.
  • In fact, it's up to the adult owner to make sure that the Honda lawn mower is properly maintained and kept in safe operating condition.

Occasional Users

  • Before you ask anyone to operate your lawn mower, you need to determine whether the person is old enough and strong enough to safely handle and properly control the lawn mower.
  • If you decide to let someone else use your lawn mower, make sure the occasional user reads and understands all instructions and warnings in the owner's manual and on the labels before operating the lawn mower.
  • Allow adequate time for hands-on training, and personally supervise practice sessions until you feel sure the person is ready to operate the machine.
  • Also be sure the person wears proper clothing and have eye protection and any other gear that may be required by local ordinances or your insurance company.
  • Remember that you are responsible for keeping the Honda lawn mower properly maintained and in safe operating condition for occasional users
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