AUTUMN INJURY PREVENTION


   AUTUMN INJURY PREVENTION   


Most injuries we see as autumn sets in occur while performing common tasks such as mowing the lawn, picking up trash, etc.  We are here to provide a few quick tips to follow BEFORE you start tackling that to-do list!

The best way we can care for you, is by sharing our knowledge to help prevent you from having to come in at all.

GARDENING SAFETY

1: Examine Your Yard

All too often, injuries are caused by thorns jabbing through a yard waste bag or nasty cuts caused by glass bottles left in the yard buried under leaves as fall comes around.  The easiest way to avoid these types of injuries is to run a quick yard inspection before diving in.  You can even start by simply visualizing your yard and possible areas of danger.  Then take a few quick minutes to walk around and pick up any foreign objects you may see such as bottles, sticks, metal scraps, tools, etc.  Pinpoint any potential dangers and care for them accordingly.  It may seem tedious, but in the long run you will save hours of time, pain, and money because you spent the day enjoying a Michigan Fall in your yard and not in the ER.

2: Wear Protection

Before even stepping out the door, put on a good pair of work gloves.  These don't have to be super expensive, top of the line stuff.  A solid pair of heavy duty gloves is usually enough hand protection to keep you safe from most injuries.  Watch out for things like hooks, knives, stakes, rocks, edges, thorny bushes and sticks.  If at any point your hand protection becomes torn, punctured , or damaged; STOP what you're doing immediately and asses your hand for any forms of injury.  If you're unharmed, clean up may be continued once you've got a new pair of gloves on.  We would much rather have you replace a pair of gloves than obtain an injury "just to save a few seconds".  We only get 1 pair of hands after all!  - p.s. remember to take extra care when going back to the location of injury and safely remove  the cause of puncture.

(safety gloves protect from most - but not all - potentially hazardous objects found in the yard)

3: Patience

Take your time when doing any outdoor tasks.  We easily get caught up in the GO! GO! GO! mentality of our technology driven world.  We end up losing more time by getting hurt while rushing than we would have saved if we did a job carefully from the start.  Try practicing patience and taking deep breaths every now and then to slow yourself down.

4: Watch out for Insects, Spiders, and Animals

Now, there is only so much we can do to manage bugs and animals that crawl around the yard.  Take extra care and caution when performing tasks like picking up large rocks, bagging leaves, tending to the garden and bushes, working near open spaces under the house/shed/garage.  You never really know what could come scurrying out from these hidden places!  Spider bites, insect bites, snake bites, and animal bites can all cause serious issues.  Remember, these guys usually bite when startled or fear they may be in danger.  So again, taking extra care and time to be aware of your surroundings and the possible backlash (bites or scratches) that can occur from rushing may be what saves you from injury!


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GARDENING SAFETY

1: Examine Your Yard

All too often do we see injuries and wounds caused by sticks jabbing through a bag of leaves, or lacerations caused by glass bottles left in the yard which then become buried under leaves as fall comes around.  The easiest way to avoid these types of injuries is to run a quick yard inspection before diving in.  You can even start by simply visualizing your yard and possible areas of danger.  Then take a few quick minutes to walk around and pick up any foreign objects you may see such as bottles, sticks, metal scraps, tools, etc.  Pinpoint any potential dangers and care for them accordingly.  It may seem tedious, but in the long run will save you hours of time, pain, and money in the case of an injury.

2: Wear Protection

Before even stepping out the door, put on a good pair of work gloves.  These don't have to be super expensive, top of the line stuff, but a good enough form of hand protection to keep you safe from sharp objects.  Watch out for things like hooks, knives, stakes, rocks, edges, thorny bushes and sticks.  If at any point your hand protection becomes torn or punctured during pickup, STOP what you're doing immediately, and asses your hand for any forms of injury.  If you're unharmed, clean up may be continued once you've got a new pair of gloves on.  We would much rather have you replace a pair of gloves than obtain an injury "just to save a few seconds".  We only get 1 pair of hands after all!  - p.s. remember to take extra care when going back to the location of injury and safely remove  the cause of puncture.

(safety gloves protect from most - but not all - potentially hazardous objects found in the yard)

3: Patience

Take your time when doing any outdoor tasks.  So easily can we get caught up in the GO! GO! GO! mentality that we end up losing more time by getting hurt while rushing than we would have saved if we did a job carefully from the start.  Try practicing patience and taking deep breaths every now and then to slow yourself down.

3: Watch out for Insects, Spiders, and Animals

Now, there is only so much we can do to manage bugs and animals that crawl around the yard.  Take extra care and caution when performing tasks like picking up large rocks, bagging leaves, tending to the garden and bushes, working near open spaces under the house/shed/garage.  You never really know what could come scurrying out from these hidden places!  Spider bites, insect bites, snake bites, and animal bites can all pose some pretty serious issues.  But remember, these guys only bite when they become startled or fear they may be in danger.  So again, taking that extra care and time to be aware of your surroundings and the possible backlash (bites or scratches) that can occur from rushing may be what saves you from injury!