This time of year, we’re all coming out of hibernation and tackling many projects in our yards. It’s important to take some safety precautions before you get excited and rush out to check off all the to-do lists that are waiting. Consumer Reports states that each year about 100 Americans die while performing various yard work tasks and another 140,000 plus people are sent to the emergency rooms with injuries. These are usually a result of ladder mishaps, power equipment accidents, and sunstroke or overexertion. Take a few proactive measures to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
Dress Right, Stress Less
If you’re working in the yard, it’s important to wear the right gear. Be sure you’re in closed-toed shoes or boots that will protect from cuts or falling heavy items. Wear high quality gloves that fit properly to avoid blisters, bug bits, or chemical contact on the skin. Protect your eyes and ears with safety glasses and ear plugs if you’re using loud equipment. Apply sunscreen if you’re out working during the day to avoid painful burns. And use bug spray whenever necessary and watch out for ticks. If you’re getting up on the ladder, avoid loose clothing that can get snagged and force you to lose your balance.
Body Movin’ and Groovin’
Even if you’re in great shape, you’ll want to be careful when performing strenuous yard work. You’ll likely be using different muscles than normal, and tears or strains are common. Stretch a little before you head out and take breaks especially when doing repetitive motions. Use your legs when lifting rather than straining your back or ask for help when lifting heavy items. Taking breaks is important, and make sure you’re drinking water or hydrating drinks other than energy drinks or soda. You may be tempted to finish everything in one day, but it’s okay to space it over a few days if that’s safer for your body.
Be Smart with Tools
Power tools can make yardwork so much easier, but you have to familiarize yourself with them to make sure you know what you’re doing. Never use power tools while under the influence, if you’re drowsy, or if you’re distracted and struggling to stay alert. Store your equipment securely and educate and supervise your children if they’re starting to take on some yard work tasks. Make sure your tools are in good working order and do not have cracks, frayed or damaged wires, or other issues. Lawn mowers alone sent over 87,000 people to the ER in 2019. String trimmers put about 16,000 people in ambulances, pressure washers injured about 7,500 people, and chain saw accidents caused 27,000 wounds that year.
Have some Emergency Care On Hand
With all the hours spent outside and working, it’s a good idea to have some emergency care handy at your house. A good first aid kit with burn care, splints, bandages, scissors, cleaning agents, gauze pads, and more will be a good first step for treating injuries while waiting for EMTs. For the best selection of high quality first aid products, come see us today. We can help you design a custom first aid kit for your home.