Every autumn leaves inevitably will fall, leaving your yard cluttered and in need of clean-up. Consider the following safety tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to prevent injuries while performing yard work.
Use a rake that is comfortable for your height and strength. Wear gloves or use rakes with padded handles to prevent blisters.
Wet leaves can be slippery; wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles.
Do not overfill leaf bags, especially if the leaves are wet. To avoid back injury, you should be able to carry bags comfortably.
Never throw leaves over your shoulder or to the side. The twisting motion required to do so places undue stress on your back.
Make sure the engine is off and cool before you begin any maintenance work or refuel your lawnmower.
Wear protective gear like goggles and gloves, boots and long pants when mowing. Never mow barefoot or in sandals.
Never use your hands or feet to clear debris from under a lawnmower. Use a stick or broom handle instead. Likewise, never touch the blades with your hands or feet, even if the engine is off. The blade can still move and cause serious injury.