Our previous article covered injuries you can sustain while doing yard work. However, a dose of daily exercise has proven to be a good stress reliever and doing yard work improves your home’s curb appeal. It can definitely bring benefits to your physical and emotional well-being as well as your home’s appearance.
Listed below are benefits associated with backyard work, as well as some tips on how to reduce injuries:
Mowing the lawn: this is a great form of exercise, it gives you quite a workout, burns calories and is a great cardiovascular exercise. Not only does cutting the grass improve the appearance of your lawn, but it makes your property look prim and proper.
To stay safe when mowing the lawn, follow some of these simple precautions:
- Clear the yard of all debris (toys, stones, sticks, garden equipment, etc) before mowing to prevent injuries from flying objects
- Wear goggles to prevent being hit with airborne debris, protective gloves, ear plugs, long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes with gripped soles to prevent deep cuts
- Mow only in good weather conditions, never cut grass when it is wet or damp because you will be susceptible to slip and fall injuries; secondly, blades can clog or the discharge chute can clog setting you up for additional injuries such as cuts and bruising
- Keep small children away from the yard while mowing
- Do not use mowers on steep hills, slopes or embankments, if you must, then mow up and down never across to prevent the mower from rolling over and you along with it
- Never transport, ride or tow objects or passengers atop mowers
- Never insert hands or feet, or turn mower to the side to remove debris when the motor is running or turned off
- Do not listen to music while mowing the grass (to hear someone approaching or for weird noises)
- Take sufficient breaks and keep your body hydrated
- Trimming the grass can help you trim your waistline!
Keep your lawn mower in good condition by:
- Reading your mower's instruction manual prior to use
- Never servicing the mower while it is running
- Never removing safety devices or guards on switches
- Using a stick or broom handle to remove any obstruction (never your hands)
- Keeping blades sharp
- Turning off and waiting for blades to completely stop before removing any parts to inspect, fix or clean the mower
- Having it serviced to ensure it is working properly
Our previous article discussed how doing yard work can be hazardous to your health.
The above suggestions are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon as instructions for rendering medical help or advice. They are based solely on illustration purposes. Morici, Figlioli & Associates does not make any warranty, expressed or implied for any products or suggestions mentioned, or any techniques or practices described.