Safety tips: Outdoor chores

It’s finally getting nice, and time to get outside to clean up and start the lawn work.  Here are a few reminders to help keep you safe.

Wear appropriate protective clothing:

  • Don’t wear anything loose that could get caught in equipment
  • Wear long pants
  • Choose appropriate footwear, usually boots or heavy shoes
  • Wear headphones or earplugs to protect your hearing
  • Wear goggles or safety glasses to protect against flying debris
  • Wear gloves as needed

When getting equipment out in the spring, review the instructions and safety warnings to refresh yourself on proper usage.  Be sure your extension cords are in good condition and appropriate for outdoor use.

When mowing, pick up the yard first.  Stones and other items can become dangerous projectiles.

Keep your children safe.  Don’t leave equipment or tools in the yard. Keep children (and pets) away from power equipment and lawn mowers (don’t let them ride with you on a lawn tractor either).

Work from the ground when possible.  Use extension rods to clean gutters and a pressure sprayer for cleaning siding and windows.  When using a ladder, have someone around to hold the ladder and help with supplies and equipment.

For more safety tips, check out these tips from Erie Insurance.

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The information in this post is general in nature, and geared toward insurance conditions in Western New York.  As always, you should speak with an insurance adviser to determine your specific insurance needs.

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