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Stay Safe While Spring Cleaning

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Simple safety considerations can keep you and your loved ones safe while completing your spring cleaning list:

  • Do not rush, take your time to prevent injury. Rushing can cause slips, falls and pulled muscles.
  • Ask family members and friends for help. The more hands, the quicker the job will go.
  • Use caution while on ladders and step stools. Place ladders and step stools on solid even ground. Do not use a ladder or step stool in wet, muddy areas, and always be sure to have a second person to spot you when climbing on a ladder.
  • Be careful when walking on wet surfaces. Use shoes with tread and walk slowly to prevent falls.
  • Use caution while lifting and moving heavy furniture. When lifting, carrying or bending, separate your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your back upright. Bend at the knees while tightening your stomach muscles, lifting with your leg muscles as you stand up. Do not lift any awkwardly shaped or extremely heavy object without help.
  • Follow cleaning product directions and safety recommendations on labels. Always keep cleaning solutions in their original containers.
  • Clear hallways and stairs of clutter and other tripping hazards. Books, magazines, cords and other items can cause trips leading to injury.
  • Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas to prevent respiratory problems.
  • Put all cleaning supplies away when cleaning is complete.
  • Do not carry too much stuff at once. It’s better to take multiple trips to move items throughout the home to prevent injuries.
  • Open windows and turn on fans when using cleaners to keep air circulating.
  • Avoid prolonged repetitive motions such as digging, planting and reaching to prevent muscle injuries.
  • Take frequent breaks and drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Keep a cell phone within reach in case of accident or injury.