Preventing yardwork mishaps

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Accidents happen, even among the most cautious individuals. If spring yard work accidents are the malady we all wish to avoid, then safety and forethought are the antidotes.

With a little prudence and a lot of care, you can ensure avoiding yard work injuries throughout the spring and beyond with these tips and tools.

Follow these easy steps:-


• Save your back
Choose tools with handles long enough to allow you to work
without bending over. Don’t lift oversized packages of fertilizer or sod. Use a wheelbarrow or just buy smaller packages.
• Wear sunscreen
Avoid sunburn by using sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15.
• Skip the scents
Perfume, scented hair spray or lotion attracts stinging insects.
• Wear light-colored, well-fitting clothes
Bright colors attract insects, too. And loose clothes allow insects access to your skin.

• Choose sensible shoes
Wear closed-toe, sturdy, nonskid shoes to prevent injuries from lawn mowers.
• Turn off the lawn mower motor
Then unclog, adjust or fix the equipment. Before refueling, allow the motor to cool for several minutes. Don’t smoke.
• Handle chemicals carefully
Before spraying bug or weed killers, wait for calm weather. Wind can blow chemicals back toward you and irritate your skin. Wear protective goggles, gloves, full-length pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

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