BE SAFE: Yardwork Safety Tips from Valley’s Safety Team

BE SAFE: Yardwork Safety Tips from Valley’s Safety Team

Summer is a great time to work in your yard or garden. Being aware of potential hazards and taking safety measures are essential for an enjoyable and accident-free yardwork experience. According to Consumer Reports, “Every year, while mowing the grass, cutting a branch, or power washing a deck, at least 100 people die and an estimated 143,000 are injured badly enough to require a trip to the emergency room.” 

Proper precautions and awareness can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

The key things to remember are:

  • Be smart: Before using any yard tool, it is important to carefully read the instruction manual to understand its proper operation and safety guidelines.
  • Ear and eye protection: If you are operating equipment such as a chainsaw, lawn mower, or leaf blower, do not forget to wear ear protection and eye protection and always be mindful of your surroundings because you cannot hear someone approaching.
  • Self-awareness: Be cautious of electrical cords and maintain a safe distance from power sources to prevent electrocution.
  • Attire: Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as safety goggles, gloves, and sturdy footwear, to shield against flying objects and debris.
  • Free of clutter: Keeping the work area organized is another preventative measure to avoid tripping or falling while operating tools. Make sure to store all yard tools safely and out of reach of children when not in use.
  • Examine: Regularly inspect all yard tools for signs of damage or wear and promptly repair or replace any faulty parts.

Be safe and happy gardening!

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