Every year in the United States, at least 143,000 people are injured while mowing the lawn, cutting branches or power washing a deck. Heat exposure also leads to more than 2,800 illnesses and injuries according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And with the summer season in full swing, the heat can sometimes make yard work feel like a difficult chore. One slip or misstep can lead to unexpected accidents and injuries, many of which require immediate medical attention.
If you’re going to do some yard work this summer, it helps to follow tips to ensure your safety. Advantage Seamless Gutters, one of the leading gutter contractors in the area, shares some safety tips here.
Wear Safety Gear and Eye Protection
Whenever you’re mowing the lawn, you should make it a habit to wear the right protective gear. This means wearing eye protection, long pants and closed shoes to protect yourself from small projectiles. Wearing gloves is necessary whenever you’re pulling weeds, shoveling soil or raking leaves to prevent blisters from forming on your hands. But if you’re handling power tools and equipment, make sure to wear gloves that fit snugly on your hands. A loose pair can affect your grip and may increase your risk of injury.
Stay Hydrated and Rest Properly
Working outdoors under the heat of the sun can be risky if you don’t take the right precautions. As trusted gutter cleaning and maintenance experts, we strongly recommend drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. This will help minimize the effects of heat exposure. You should also rest frequently in a shaded or air-conditioned area to keep your body temperature regulated.
Get Your Gutters Professionally Cleaned
You can clean your own gutters, but you’ll put yourself at risk even if you have a ladder and some form of safety equipment. It’s better to leave the job to a professional who can do a more thorough job of removing all kinds of clogs in your gutters. Experts can even install gutter guards to prevent future clogs.
When you need a local contractor to clean and install guards on your seamless gutters, there’s only one name to call — Advantage Seamless Gutters. Call us today at (218) 270-2663 or fill out our convenient online request form to schedule an estimate. We serve Baxter, MN, and the neighboring areas within the Brainerd Lakes.