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Before kids take to used tractor, review safety tips

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Having sturdy footwear is one safety measure young people should take when mowing lawns.
Having sturdy footwear is one safety measure young people should take when mowing lawns.

Hopping on a used tractor or getting behind a push mower to take care of the family's lawn has been a time-honored chore for many young people.

However, there are safety precautions parents should keep in mind before the send their son or daughter out to clip the grass. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics joined with a number of other groups to provide some tips on lawn care safety.

For example, the groups recommend that children be at least 12 years old before they operate any kind of lawn mower, and at least 16 if it is the ride-on type.

Regardless of whether they are children or adults, people who are doing lawn care should make sure they have the proper safety equipment. Along with having sturdy shoes, protecting eyes and ears is an important rule to follow.

Other experts have noted that people should take into account the particular characteristics of their lawns as well, especially when considering purchasing a new or used tractor. Machines with lower horsepower may find it difficult to safely navigate on hilly terrain.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19838505-ADNFCR

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