Hooray! Warm weather is right around the corner, and we’re ready to get outside. Take time now to prepare your home for a safe and enjoyable summer. Since safety is no accident, read about some of my favorite tips for outdoor safety.
Remove old tools that are no longer useful. Check the keepers for rust, dirt, and dull blades. After cleaning and sharpening, provide each tool with a designated space to keep it clean, sharp, and easy to find. Sharp blades make cutting easier for you and will reduce the impact of pruning the plants.
Barbecues can be hazardous. Leftover food and grease may cause fires. Reduce the chances of smoke and flash flames with a thorough scouring. A clean grill improves the flavor of food and reduces the risk of food contamination.
Slippery decks, stairs and pathways are dangerous. Falling is the number one reason for ER visits for people over 65. Get your deck ready for the season by thoroughly washing surfaces to remove mold and slippery material that might have grown over the winter. Check railings and stair treads for boards that might have warped or gotten loose in the wet weather. Improve stair safety by adding slip-proof tape on the treads. Consider adding stability bars to railings for additional security.
Keep Yourself Strong
Leg and core strength and good balance are essential for outdoor chores like bending over and lifting heavy objects. Think about how you can improve your balance with exercises. There are lots of videos on YouTube to get ideas and directions for improving strength and agility. Listen to your body. When you get tired, take a break. Stay hydrated. It’s easy to lose track of time when working in the yard. Drinking water regularly keeps your body’s temperature regulated and joints flexible. Make sure you’re drinking enough; a suggested amount is 6 – 8 ounces every hour. Water is the best; an occasional sugary drink like lemonade and iced tea is okay too.
Safety is No Accident: Work Smart
Remember, safety is no accident. Clear clutter, organize space, and maintain tools for efficiency. Scrub the decks, stairs, and patios to minimize falls. Scour the barbecue at the beginning of the season and after each use. Work smart by being strong, lifting carefully, and staying hydrated.
Enjoy your summer!