The leaves are beginning to fall and autumn has officially arrived! Although the changing of the leaves may be a pretty sight, it creates more yard work for us by cluttering up our lawns and yards and puts us at risk for injury. Consider the following safety tips to prevent injuries while performing yard work:
- • Use a rake that is comfortable for your height and strength. Wear gloves when using a rake. Pick a rake with padded handles.
- • Wet leaves can be slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles.
- • Do not overfill leaf bags, especially when leaves are wet. To avoid back injury, you should be able to carry the bags comfortably.
- • Make sure the engine is off and cool before you begin any maintenance work or refuel your lawnmower.
- • Wear protective gear such as goggles and gloves, boots and long pants when mowing. Never mow barefoot or in sandals.
- • Never use your hands or feet to clear debris from the lawnmower. Use a stick or broom handle instead. Never touch the blades with your hands, even if the engine is off.
Source: National Safety Council