Can you believe that the Fall season is already upon us? Summer completely flew by. Now that the season has changed, we understand that there are lots of chores waiting to be done around the house. We want to ensure that no injuries take place and we want to share a few tips with you!

1. Dressing for the Job

While doing yard work, not only do pants prevent scratches on your legs, but they also protect your skin from the sun. As well, wearing durable, closed-toed shoes can prevent injuries and a slip-resistant shoe can also prevent falls.

2. The Sun is Still Strong

Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t as strong! Keep putting on that sunscreen to ensure your skin does not burn.

3. Accessorize Your Outfit

We’re not talking about fancy jewelry, we mean accessories such as safety glasses for flying debris, earmuffs for loud equipment, a hard hat and even gloves.

4. It’s OK to Take Breaks

Let’s face it, the yard work is not going anywhere. Make sure you take breaks throughout your chores to take care of your body. A warmup is also recommended before you exert yourself. Perhaps take a walk, perform some stretches, these simple things will minimize injury. When your chores are completed, stretching once again is recommended to reduce muscle soreness.

5. H2O is Your Friend!

Stay hydrated throughout your work. It is important that the body does not get dehydrated performing these tasks. Keep a bottle of water nearby!

6. Do NOT Over-Do It

Ensure leaf bags from raking are not too heavy to lift. You should be able to handle the bags very comfortably without straining any part of your body.

7. Be Very Careful on Ladders

Take caution while using ladders in the yard. Hinges can become loose, along with the rungs. Place the ladder on a hard and level surface, and make sure your shoes are not slippery. Don’t forget to ask someone for help. Never climb a ladder without someone holding the ladder.

8. Clean Up Fallen Leaves

Especially on any walkways in the yard, ensure fallen leaves are picked up to minimize the risk of falling. Fallen leaves can be a very slippery surface when wet.

 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP AT UNIVERSAL HOME CARE. Not only do we provide massage therapy services if your body is sore after yard work, we also provide yard work services. We take pride in your yard, and make sure it is nothing short of immaculate. Please give us a call today! 705-523-9100. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

 

 

References:

http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/2215/7-Safety-Tips-for-Autumn-Yard-Cleanup

http://safety.lovetoknow.com/Fall_Season_Safety_Tips

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