Consumer Reports: Tips to keep you safe when doing yard work

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Beautifying the garden and house in summer can be rewarding, but it can also be dangerous.

Last year, nearly 262,000 people visited emergency departments with injuries related to gardening, including mowing, cutting branches or pressure washing.

Consumer Reports has some safety tips to keep in mind for all ages.

“Lawn mowers caused an estimated 70,000 injuries last year. A mower blade spins thousands of times per minute and can turn a rock or dog toy into a dangerous projectile,” said Dan Wroclawski, editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports.

Therefore, before mowing, check the area for stones and branches. Protect yourself with closed shoes and long pants. When mowing hills, move across the slope rather than up and down; The mower is easier to control.

“Be careful when using a ride-on mower on uneven terrain. Many people die when the mower tips over onto the driver. Therefore, unlike hand mowers, ride-on mowers should always go up and down slopes, not across them. And never let a child ride with you,” Wroclawski said.

Last year, there were 137,000 ladder-related emergency room visits. Therefore, before climbing, check your ladder for loose parts, sharp edges or bent rungs and then set it up securely.

“Set up your ladder on level ground with the base 12 inches from the wall for every 4 feet that the ladder reaches. The ladder should also extend 3 feet above your roof or workspace,” Wroclawski said.

When climbing, always keep both hands on the rails and climb up the middle of the ladder.

Pressure washing is super satisfying, but it can also be dangerous. Be aware of your surroundings Walking children or pets can be seriously injured if they get in the way of the powerful jet. And CR recommends throwing away the red “zero” spray tip that may come with your washing machine. It’s more dangerous than useful.

Hedge trimmers with a wider tip are great for bushes and shrubs, but you should always keep your feet on the ground when working with them. For tall hedges, consider an extension model rather than working from a ladder.

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