We are now officially into spring and many of you are starting to think about spring cleaning and getting your yard ready for summer but before you get started here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure that all household chemicals, paints and poisons are properly marked and stored under lock and key away from children’s reach. Dispose of any that are leaking, expired or look bad.
- When cleaning up hazardous chemicals, wear protective gloves and proper eye protection. Always follow the safety instructions on the package. Never mix chemicals in the same container. If you don’t know how to dispose of them, seek outside advice. Never put them in the trash or pour them down the drain.
- Make sure gasoline and cleaning fluids are well marked and stored in a cool, dry place away from the house and out of the reach of children and pets. Use only approved containers for gasoline storage.
- Never use gasoline to clean skin, clothes, auto parts or floor.
- Remove all fire hazards, including stacks of rags, newspapers and magazines. Pay special attention to the spaces around your furnace, hot water tank, fireplace, space heaters and dryer, as well as under your stairs.
More than 60,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for lawn-mower injuries:
- Rake before you mow to prevent any stones and loose debris from launching into the air
- Never operate a mower, in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing.
- When refueling your mower, make sure the engine is off and cool and DON’T SMOKE while pouring gasoline.
- When using power tools such as trimmers, lawn edgers and a pruner make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.