Yard work can be a strenuous activity. Although here at New Horizon we like to think of it as fun (seriously, give us a call), it certainly requires some safety precautions if you want to do it right. Let’s talk protecting yourself while doing yard work.

Prepare your body

The first and most important is to realize that you’re engaging in physical, repetitive activity when doing yard work. This is why it’s so easy to end up with aches or pains. It’s a good idea to do a few stretches before you start your yard work and to take frequent breaks, switching up what you’re doing to give your body time to rest and bounce back.

Wear pants, preferably all the time

Most yard work takes place in the summertime and although it’s probably hot, it’s a good idea to wear long pants. This protects your legs from anything sharp or poisonous and keeps you from getting any scratches, scrapes, cuts or bleeds. If you can, it’s not a bad idea to wear a long sleeve shirt either.

Invest in some protective gear

Gloves, safety goggles or glasses, sun hats, even sunscreen. We would consider all of these to be important when it comes to doing yard work, especially tasks that have to be completed with power tools. Protect your hands, face, and overall body by taking that extra step  

Stay hydrated

Water, water, water. Make sure that while you’re tackling those weeds, you’re taking breaks to replenish your body. Although you may not consider it to be exercise, the activity will certainly raise your heart rate. Mix that in with possible heat and humidity and you want to be certain that you’re drinking plenty of fluids.

Make the most of your time spent outdoors by taking care of yourself and ensuring that you’re safe. Don’t make the mistake of ending up with a scratched cornea, a pulled muscle, or a heat-related health issue. Follow these tips and have fun! 

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