Spring Yard Work Safety

Spring is here, and for many homeowners that means yard work. Here are a few tips on how to clean up your yard – safely.

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  1. Take 5 to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles by doing light exercises or stretching before starting your yard work.
  2. Dress properly for working outside in the yard by wearing long pants, a long sleeved shirt and sturdy comfortable shoes.
  3. Rakes should be comfortable and the right size for your height and strength.
  4. Yard work such as raking involves repetitive motions. Changing your position often helps to prevent muscle pains and cramps from occurring.
  5. Be aware of uneven ground surfaces and slopes.
  6. When you pick up leaves, do not bend over from the waist. Bend from the knees.
  7. When you are weeding, a half kneeling position is safer than bending forward.
  8. Wet leaves are very slippery. Make sure to wear boots or shoes with soles that are slip resistant

 

Source: http://safety.lovetoknow.com/personal-safety-protection/yard-work-safety