Yard work mishaps injure thousands of people every fall. Check out these tips to keep you safe while working in the yard
Hey, yard-work warrior, whether you’re out mowing the lawn, or planting new shrubs in your back yard, make sure that you take the proper safety precautions. Yard work mishaps don’t only happen to the other guy; thousands of people are injured every fall. Here are a few simple safety tips can ease the strain and reduce your risk of injury:
Remember to protect yourself by warming up with a few stretches before you begin working. Your muscles will thank you for it. Start with a short walk to loosen the muscles, followed by a 5 to 10 minute stretching session. This will help prevent injury to your back, legs, arms, shoulders, and neck.
Save your aching back. Remember to bend your knees, and use your legs when lifting heavy items. Do not just reach out with your arms. Lift that bag of mulch straight off the ground by bending your knees and keeping your spine straight. Avoid twisting your body, and get help if something is too heavy to lift alone safely. Also, remember that kneeling is easier on your back than bending over for long periods. Use kneepads, or sit on a garden stool to ease unnecessary stress on your back.
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