Yard tools may seem safe, but each year, nearly four million people are admitted to hospitals across the country because of accidents involving these seemingly harmless pieces of equipment. It is very important to remember that all tools can be very dangerous if they are used improperly.
The majority of the accidents are caused by people using the wrong tool for the job, or otherwise using a tool for something other than its intended purpose. You must always use tools for the job they are intended to do, because accidents are unpredictable, and one becomes especially vulnerable when they are not expecting one to occur. After you are sure that you are using the correct tool, some of the following precautions may help you avoid an accident:
- Wear safety glasses or goggles
- Never adjust a power tool while the motor is running
- Inspect the work area before you start, and clean up if necessary
- Store pesticides and herbicides out of the reach of children
- Ensure that all tools are properly sharpened
- Ensure that all tools are cleaned and free of rust
- Check that power tools are equipped with the proper safety mechanisms
- Clean your work area when you are finished
- Keep your tools in a safe place, out of the reach of children
- Ask for information or assistance when you need it
For many people, yard work is a great way to relax and enjoy a little fresh air. It is also a good way to get exercise while beautifying your home and community, but if you don't take the proper precautions when you work, a relaxing afternoon in the yard can become a quick trip to the emergency room. Work safe and use your head when you take care of your yard.