With the first chill in the air, the bright blue skies, and a mesmerizing palette of brightly colored leaves, it’s the time of the year that most of us begin our autumn yard work. We are all inspired and motivated to spend more time outside. However, fall yard work may present some unique safety challenges. Fallen tree limbs require climbing and can cause trips and falls. Simple tasks like raking can cause muscle strain and back pain if not done correctly. But with some preparation and common sense, you will be safe while maintaining your yard and preparing your home for winter.
Prepping and planning for yard work can keep you safe while also helping you perform your chores more efficiently. For starters, before you begin raking or mowing, remove any debris, limbs or potential tripping objects from your space. Remember to stretch and to warm up before you start work. Making good decisions about lawn safety is critical–especially when you’re about to use mowers, leaf blowers and other maintenance equipment.
Here’s 10 safety tips to add to your fall cleanup checklist.
• Wear gloves and a facemask when handling chemicals such as lawn fertilizers and keep products away from kids and pets
• Warm up for at least 10 minutes before doing any heavy yard work
• Protect your skin with a sunscreen to prevent sunburn or bug spray
• Wear gloves or use a rake with padded handles to prevent blisters.
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect from scratches
• Wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles• When picking up leaves, bend at the knees – not the waist
• Wear safety glasses to keep eyes protected from flying dirt and debris.
• Be sure to have someone hold the ladder and anchor it securely for you
• Keep all lawn equipment in good shape and repair faulty tools at once.
Now that you are safely prepared for your yard work, enjoy the outdoors!