It’s that time of year when we tend to tasks around the home that have been ignored for twelve months. But whether it’s garden maintenance or clearing gutters, all areas of spring cleaning can result in injury if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Even if you’re not planning a top to bottom overhaul of your house, taking appropriate precaution can ensure you’re fit and able to enjoy spring and summer free from injury.
This week, our hubbies are offering a few safety tips to avoid unnecessary injury.
Creepy crawlies: Australia is home to some of the world’s deadliest creepy crawlies. If you are moving rocks or items that have been housed for a while, be wary of snakes and spiders.
Heavy objects: Back injuries can be quite debilitating yet they are so easily preventable. When cleaning out the shed or cupboards, make sure you always lift with your legs. If the object is large or awkward always ask for a hand. Stretch first to help avoid any strain.
Working at heights: Working at heights can be dangerous for even a professional. Avoid becoming unbalanced when you’re up high by ensuring your ladder is firmly grounded with all legs flat on the ground. If you are attempting to go up onto a roof, it’s always good to have another person on the ground to help stabilise the ladder. Make sure you have appropriate footwear on (boots not thongs) to help avoid slipping or falling.
Clothing: Clothing protection should be a number one priority when using dangerous equipment or working outdoors. Leaf blowers, lawn mowers, saws and chemicals are all culprits when it comes to injuries. Hire a hubby recommends wearing sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid injury and sunburn when doing your odd jobs.
Chemicals: A thorough clean sometimes might require a strong cleaner for the job. Some cleaners contain corrosive ingredients and could be harmful to your skin. Make sure proper protective clothing and eye wear is worn when handling any form of chemical and ensure they are always stored safely away from children and in their correct containers. For an emergency call the Poison Information Centre on 13 11 26.
Tools and equipment: If you are planning on building, sanding or tearing out the garden you might need to use equipment you aren’t familiar with. Always read safety instructions and if you are hiring equipment, always have the provider take you through proper use. Check your equipment is safe to use if it’s been stored away for a while. Check blades are secure, safety guards are on mowers and cables or electrical cords are not eroded or exposing wires.
Always think about safety when doing any kind of work around the home. If the job requires a professional approach, call Hire a Hubby for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.