Focus On Safety As You Gather Your Yard Waste For Removal

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Rolling up your sleeves to tackle your yard and remove excess waste can often transform the look of your property in less than a day. It's satisfying to know that a little hard work can turn your yard into the prime attraction on the block. Before you lift your first shovel or rake, it's important to take a few minutes to think about doing the job safely. Each year, countless Americans visit hospital emergency rooms because of accidents in the yard; with the proper precautions, you can ensure your yard waste is gathered and ready to be removed, rather than you being removed in an ambulance. Here are some important factors to consider.

Chainsaw Safety

According to "This Old House" magazine, chainsaw accidents account for approximately 36,000 emergency room visits every year. Such a staggering number means that you must put safety at the forefront when you use this tool. Carefully inspect your chainsaw to ensure it's in proper working order and have it tuned up by a professional if you're in doubt. Always wear proper safety gear, including steel-toed boots, facial protection and leather gloves while you work. Don't forget to take frequent breaks. Even if you're determined to trim a number of trees in a short amount of time, handling a chainsaw while you're tired is dangerous.

Yard Pests

Working in your yard puts you at risk of encountering various insects, snakes and other critters that can cause you harm. If you live in an area with poisonous snakes, make plenty of noise and rough up overgrown areas with a rake before plunging your hands into the underbrush. As you work, carefully inspect trees, bushes and stumps for wasp nests. Frequent application of insect repellent can make your work more pleasant. Be on the lookout for plant pests such as poison ivy.

Power Equipment

In addition to your lawn mower and chainsaw, using power tools such as a weed trimmer or a power edger can greatly improve your ability to clear yard waste from your property. Beyond the standard protective footwear and clothing, always wear proper hearing protection with these tools. Additionally, take a break every 15 to 20 minutes and move to a different space in your yard to give yourself a short reprieve from the exhaust fumes.

Child Safety

Involving your entire family can boost the enjoyment of the project, but it's important to always emphasize safety when working with young children. Ensure they keep their distance when you're using power tools and teach them of the dangers of tripping on electrical cords or tools. Finally, make sure your children have proper facial and ear protection.

If you're not confident you can do the job safely, contact a professional, like Atomic Roll-Off or others, to help you safely get your yard in great shape.

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