Leaf the Injuries Out of It

The fall season often involves house and yardwork. Here are ways to be safe and get the jobs done!

Reminders during yard cleanup:

  • Warm up and stretch before going out to rake leaves and perform fall cleanups. Keep your muscles loose and hydrate with water often.
  • Be sure to lift correctly and avoid twisting at the waist.
  • Use gloves to prevent blisters and also switch hands during raking to not put excess strain on your shoulders or back.
  • Wear gloves when reaching into the gutters to remove leaves and sticks.
  • Practice ladder safety and keep your body between the side rails and hold on.
  • Be cautious around electrical wires and ALWAYS look up when placing a ladder.
  • If you are on the roof, be extremely careful as the majority of your body mass is above the waist causing you to be top heavy.
  • Make sure a family member or neighbor is aware that you are on the roof in case something happens.
  • Raking leaves onto a tarp requires pulling it, don’t overload the tarp or bag.
  • Take your time, enjoy the outdoors, and For Safety’s Sake, Do Something to protect yourself from injury!

Common injuries are:

  • Ergonomic injuries and cramping from raking and bending over in a bad posture.
  • Heart attack due to the strenuous work.
  • Hearing damage from leaf blowers and equipment without using hearing protection.
  • Eye injuries from blowing leaves that have been chopped or from dust created from mulching.
  • Burns from trying to burn the leaves in fire pits.
  • Hand injuries from clogged tools and blisters from raking.
  • Respiratory problems from the dust created from composting leaves or from burning them.
  • Punctures or lacerations from sticks that are collected with the leaves.
  • Contusions and broken bones from jumping into leaf piles, they really don’t provide cushion.

At home, work or play, it’s Safety every day! Safety Always!

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