If you’re a homeowner, you have weekend chores in and around the house. From mowing the lawn to trimming the shrubs. From repairing or staining the deck to painting a bedroom. When it comes to projects around the home and in the yard, safety should always be a priority. There are the basic safety tips—always read the instructions, never leave power tools unattended, always have a first aid kit on hand—what else can you do to stay safe?
Let’s look at four safety measures you can take to help prevent injury every step of the way.
There’s a lot more to working in your yard than planting a garden or raking leaves—yard maintenance often requires the use of machinery or tools that may put your eyes in danger.
Nearly half of all eye related injuries occur in and around the home. When trimming the hedges, building a shed or simply cleaning the gutters, you can potentially send debris, dirt and particles into the air. Help protect your eyes by wearing safety eyewear like protective safety goggles or safety glasses that are right for the job.
Our lungs are powerful organs. In fact, they take in almost 3,000 gallons of air every day. To help protect your airways from non-harmful dust, mist allergens, and mold spores use a respirator when you are working around the house and yard. A particulate respirator is worn over your nose and mouth and helps filter out airborne particles. Some models have a carbon layer to help filter out the odor associated with paints and stains.
Our ears are sensitive instruments—did you know, for example, that the decibel levels of a leaf blower or chain saw can be enough to cause permanent hearing loss? Danger levels start at just 85 decibels—the level of most riding lawnmowers. Noise levels below 85 decibels can still be hazardous if you are exposed to them over a sustained period of time.
The good news is that there are ways to use these tools safely. Hearing protection helps reduce the sound level of hazardous noise. With a set of foam earplugs or earmuffs, you can reduce the noise by 21 to 30 decibels, helping to lower the risk of long term damage to your hearing.
Whenever you’re working outside, make sure you’re visible. If you’re cutting grass along the boulevard or even out walking the dog, think about wearing a reflective vest or hi viz t-shirt that helps you stand out, especially in low-light conditions like dawn or dusk. Create a safer world.
We all have weekend chores to do around the house and in the yard, be sure to protect your health and safety while getting them done. From safety glasses to reflective vests: Stay safe out there!