There’s nothing better than a fresh start! When warm weather rolls around, home projects begin. Whether it’s time for renovations, yard work, or just some good old-fashioned spring cleaning, it’s still important to keep safety a priority.
Interestingly, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, injuries related to spring cleaning are more common among younger (perhaps more ambitious) demographics, meaning no one is immune to household accidents. Here are some tips for keeping spring cleaning safe.
Watch Your Form
Furniture and junk removal sometimes involves heavy lifting. Injuries are common when it comes to unsafe carrying. While it may seem like common-knowledge to lift from the knees and not the back, it’s worth reiterating and easy to forget in the moment.
Orthopedic professionals recommend the following: separate your feet to shoulder-width apart, keep your back upright, and bend at the knees while tightening the stomach muscles. Then, when it comes time to lift, use your leg muscles as you stand up. Don’t try to lift any object by yourself if it is too heavy or awkward. When it comes to moving heavy objects, the more the merrier!
Before climbing up to clean your gutters, make repairs, or touch up some paint, make sure your ladder is on a firm, level surface. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders, and most of these are from falls less than 10 feet.
Also be careful when reaching or leaning on a ladder — in addition to unstable ladders, this kind of activity is often what leads to a slip and fall.
Similarly, it might seem obvious to crack a window when using deep cleaning products, but emergency room visits related to cleaning products are also all too common. Additionally, storing cleaning products in cool, dry, places out of reach of small children or pets can be life-saving.
When it comes to household cleaning product-related injuries treated in the United States, children 1 to 3 years of age accounted for 72.0% of cases. The primary cause for hospital visits was accidental ingestion.
When it comes to cleaning safety, though, reading product labels and wearing protective gear goes a long way. Take breaks, stay hydrated, and take care not to expose skin, eyes, or your mouth to harsh chemicals.
Sometimes, even when all necessary protective steps are taken, accidents happen that are beyond our control. When unexpected circumstances arise, you have a partner in the fight in Bart Durham Injury Law. Give them a call 24/7. The consultation is always free!