It's inevitable every year: Once we start spending more time outdoors, those nagging home repairs float to the top of the to-do list.
Whether it's simple yard work or extensive pruning, these tips will help keep you safe while you work.
• Always wear goggles to protect your eyes from flying objects.
• Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes if you're working with a mower or weed whacker.
• Clear the yard of debris before you start. That stray twig or rock can smart when a mower blade or weed whacker string sends it flying.
• Don't mow on a steep hill
• If your lawnmower has thrown a piece of debris and you receive a cut, have it checked out. You may have a foreign object under your skin.
• Don't reach underneath a lawnmower unless you are absolutely sure it is turned off.
• Always inspect your equipment before using it to ensure that it is proper working condition.
• Sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat will help protect you from the heat and sunburn.
• Mornings and evenings, when it's cooler, are the best times for outdoor work.
• A bandana or facemask will help filter the air if you suffer from allergies.
• For work overhead, first check your ladder to make sure it's in good repair. Position it on level ground and away from power lines. If you're using an A-frame, make sure it's locked into place.
• Make sure you drink enough. Liquids with caffeine, alcohol or lots of sugar actually work against you – water is best. Doctors recommend three or four quarts a day if you're going to be out in the heat.