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Health Tips for May 5

Posted May 05 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Use a Lawnmower Safely

Proper care, maintenance and use of your lawnmower can help reduce your risk of injury.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions
  • Maintain your lawnmower and keep its blades sharp.
  • Service your mower before the first use each season.
  • Always turn off the motor when you inspect or repair your mower.
  • To remove debris from beneath the mower, use the handle of a broom or a stick. Never do this while the mower is running.
  • Keep all safety devices or shields on the mower.
  • Always turn off the mower before you walk away from it.
  • To prevent the possibility of burning your skin, never touch the engine cowling, which can become very hot.

Health Tip: Stay Safe During Spring Cleaning

Cleaning your home to a sparkling shine is a good way to kick off spring. But don't forget to think about safety.

The Home Safety Council offers these safe-cleaning suggestions
  • Keep stairs and floors clear of clutter, even while cleaning.
  • Don't carry loads that are too big to see over. If you're using stairs, leave one hand empty so you can hold onto a rail.
  • Don't allow young children to play near any bucket, especially a large one. It may pose a drowning danger.
  • Wear protective equipment, such as a mask and gloves, when working with harsh chemicals. Never mix cleaning products together.
  • Use caution when handling products marked as dangerous or poisonous. Always lock these away safely when not in use.
  • Store toys, cords or any other tripping hazards out of the way.
  • Use a stepladder or ladder to reach high places. Follow safety instructions when on a ladder to prevent falls.
  • Never use gasoline as a cleaning product, and never store it inside the home. A simple spark can ignite even gasoline vapors.
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