Yard Work Safety Tips

All people see yard work differently. Some may see it as a relaxing hobby while others see it as just a set of chores. No matter how you see it, one thing we can all agree on is we don’t want to get injured while doing it. Here are some safety tips for staying healthy and injury-free while working in the yard or garden.

Wear Proper Safety Gear
Protect yourself from injury by wearing the proper safety equipment for the task you have set out to accomplish. This includes protective eyewear, gloves, footwear, hard-hats, ear protectors, etc. These not only protect yourself from accidental injuries but can also prevent injuries that come from frequent use like blisters.

Use Equipment Only as Directed
Always follow the proper handling procedures and directions for tools and equipment. No matter how simple a tool is, using it outside of its intended purpose or handling can cause bodily injury and even death. This is not only important for using said tools but for refueling the equipment you have that has engines.

Be Aware of Children & Pets
Be mindful of any children and pets that may be around while you are tending to your yard work. To reduce the risk of injuries, make sure your kids know that tools are not toys and should not be played with and that they, along with outdoor pets, are at a safe distance from where you are working. Check-in on them regularly to ensure they are at a distance and being safe.

Protect Your Skin from Bugs & Sun
Chances are good that you will be doing yard work in the sun and with bugs out. It just comes with the season. Use bug spray and sunscreen to protect yourself from bug bites and sunburns, respectively. Sunscreen should be applied even if it is a cloudy day. As with equipment, make sure to use these protective sprays exactly as instructed on the label.

Take Breaks & Hydrate Often
Even on cooler days, take frequent breaks to shade yourself and drink water. Doing so lowers your risk of becoming overheated and dehydrated.

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