Spring is finally here! And that means it’s time to get outside and get active. Whether you’re doing some yard work or just going for a walk around the park, it's nice to enjoy the fresh air. However, spring activities do come with the risk of injury or illness, so it's important to know how to stay safe.
Using heavy equipment can be a great way to get your yard cleaned up quickly and efficiently. But if you don’t follow the instructions and use this equipment safely, you may end up being one of the 36,000 people who land in the emergency room each year due to chainsaw-related injuries. And seeing as how about 80,000 people visit the hospital after sustaining an injury from their lawnmower, it's crucial that you are always careful when giving your lawn a fresh trim.
Another great spring activity is tending to your garden. Although this can be a relaxing activity, bug bites and stings can certainly put a damper on the fun. Each year, 100 Americans die from allergic reactions to bug bites. So if you have a known allergy, it's important to take the necessary precautions. Also, to avoid becoming one of the 230,000 people who need medical attention for mishaps with their garden and lawn tools, always make sure you're using safe, clean tools and throw out any damaged ones.
So how can you stay safe during your yard and garden work? One of the easiest steps you can take is to ensure you're up-to-date on your tetanus booster shot. If it's been more than 10 years, you should make sure you get your shot. By getting your tetanus booster shot, you'll be better protected against infections from rusty tools. And when it comes to bugs, it's a good idea to use insect repellent and wear long clothing. Certain insects can be carriers of diseases. Ticks, for example, carry Lyme Disease and at least 11 more infections they can spread. So always be on the lookout for harmful insects, and if you do sustain a bite, keep an eye on the affected area to ensure it heals properly.
By being being extra careful when using lawn and garden equipment and avoiding bug bites and stings whenever possible, you're sure to have a safe and relaxing spring season working on your lawn and garden.