Posted September 01, 2014 - 05:20 AM
This is definitely a can of worms topic. I'm sure it's probably been posted before. Some safety is needed in everything we do. Mostly it's about common sense, and a lot of folks don't have much.
An example... I was out working in my front yard a few years back. Heard the neighbor start up his push mower. The family had two girls, maybe around 6 or 8 years old. They never made their kids stay inside, or even at least have them move to the opposite front or back yard, while mowing. After a few minutes I hear one of the girls screaming. Almost didn't want to look to see what happened, but I did when the second girl started screaming. Good news is they weren't hurt. Bad news is they were screaming at each other while fighting over who was going to mow the yard. (while the mower is running) The older girl started mowing (pushing as fast as she could to get away), while her younger sister is running behind. This is all going on while their dad is about 100 feet away trimming bushes. Does he say anything? No. He stood there laughing about them zig-zagging the mower across the yard.
There are several problems with that story: People, kids or adults, shouldn't be in the yard when you are mowing... guards or no guards!
Children shouldn't be using a push mower if they aren't strong enough, tall enough, or responsible enough. The girl in my story was using a non-propelled mower that she had to lean into, with arms straight out, to be able to make the mower move.
Who's at fault here? To me, it's the parent not using common sense. No guard in the world is going to give you that. I'm not saying guards are bad, just that they need to be combined with love and care of your fellow human beings.
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