Most homeowners probably perform yard work without thinking much about safety. After all, using a lawnmower and a rake isn't rocket science, and unless you have a large yard, you're probably not spending too much time on these activities anyway.
But you'd be surprised at how many people are injured every year when working on these duties. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 2010, 35,000 people were injured when using a stepladder, and another 127,000 were hurt using their mowers.
In light of these statistics, here are a few tips for staying safe while cleaning up your lawn in the fall as provided by ArkansasMatters.com, a local news publication:
- Do some light stretching and activity before you start working. Raking leaves, cleaning out gutters and other chores can be pretty strenuous, especially as you get older. Stretching and warming up can prevent muscle fatigue and strains.
- Never lean too far when reaching for something while standing on a ladder. Even if it is secure, this kind of movement can lead to a disastrous fall.
- Place ladders on a firm, level surface and make sure they're secure before you climb them. If possible, have another person hold on to the ladder to provide support.
- Wear gloves to prevent blisters and splinters, especially when working with logs.
For more involved home improvement projects, such as replacing sprinkler systems or shutting them off for the winter, you should consult with an Fairfax, VA plumbing expert rather than try to do the job yourself. The professionals at John C. Flood can help you with any plumbing needs and make sure your home is ready for the winter!