Prevent Injuries while Working Outsidel

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Yard work—including chores such as raking, bagging leaves and cleaning gutters—can be physically challenging and even risky. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 230,000 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries relating to lawn and garden work. Follow these simple steps for an injury-free yard cleanup, any time of the year:

  1. Pace yourself. Many outside chores are demanding aerobic activities.
  2. Wear gloves to help protect your hands from blisters.
  3. Prevent slips. Wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles—wet leaves and grass can be slick!
  4. Breathe easy—If you have allergies, consider wearing a dust mask to filter out mold spores, pollen and other potential allergens.
  5. Inspect your ladder. Check for loose screws, hinges or rungs before climbing. Make sure the ladder legs rest on a firm, level surface—avoid placing your ladder on soft or muddy ground.

Adapted from our sister publication, Diabetes Focus Fall 2012; Updated by Remedy Health Media

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 14 Aug 2012

Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015