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Yard work is crucial if you want to keep your home (and the lawn that surrounds it) clean and well-maintained. While it’s gotten easier to perform yard upkeep tasks thanks to outdoor power tools, the risks of accidents are ever-present.

 

 

In this article, gutter protection systems company Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore shares some yard work safety tips that can help save you from a trip to the ER.

Lawn Mowers

Lawn mowers are an essential gardening tool. However, lawn mowers can present some real danger when not used properly. As it has a motor that can spin the blade faster than 200 mph, you’re advised to only clean or inspect your mower when the motor is completely switched off. If you are mowing on an incline, move parallel to the slope to avoid toppling over and getting pinned down under your lawn mower.

Chainsaws

One look at a chainsaw will tell you how horrific a chainsaw-related accident can be. Keep all your limbs intact by wearing protective gear when using a chainsaw. Consider investing in ear protection as well, since chainsaws can exceed an ear-damaging 85 decibels. Never try to use a chainsaw while on a ladder, and avoid using the tip of the chain and bar.

Ladders

There are different types of ladders designed for different tasks. Make sure you’re using the proper one for whichever yard work you’re doing, whether it’s cleaning your gutters or just trying to change the light bulbs. Always face the ladder when climbing up or down, and always ask for someone to be on standby whenever you’ll be using a ladder.

Accidents can’t be avoided, but the risks can be lessened. Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore offers and installs Gutter Helmet products that guarantee you’ll never have to clean your gutters again. That’s one less yard work task to worry about! You can visit our website to learn more about our gutter protection systems. Call us today at (800) 824-3772  to schedule an appointment. We serve Salisbury, Maryland.