Monthly Safety Message
Hot, Cold, Hot, Cold. That about describes the weather these days. I'm sure that many of you are ready to get to some outdoor projects like getting the lawn and flower beds, the overall landscaping back in order. Most Homeowners generally do not consider lawn maintenance a dangers activity. However, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 230,000 people per year are treated for injuries resulting from various lawn and garden tools and equipment. These accidents are avoidable, provided you make safety a regular part of lawn maintenance. Just remember some of these Safety Tips to make sure your 'Green' thumb doesn't end up with band aids and stitches:
1-Do a walk thru if the yard prior to mowing. remove any debris and obstructions such as rocks, toys, glass or exposed sprinkler heads.
2-Wear boots or shoes with good traction to avoid any slip, trips or falls.
3-Be careful when fueling lawn equipment. NEVER SMOKE when doing this!
4-When using lawn tools with extension cords, inspect cords prior to use for frays, exposed wiring and any other electrical hazards.
5- Wear gloves when using hand tools
6-Wear safety glasses when using a hedge trimmer, blower or other lawn and garden tools that emits debris.
7- Use caution when applying chemicals to your lawn, ESPECILLY if you have young children or animals. Check manufacturers recommendations on sufficient drying times after applications to avoid any possible harmful exposures to children or animals.
8-always store chemicals, fuel and the like in a well ventilated area that doesn't go below freezing or above 90 degrees.
We hope these safety tips are useful and of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here at the Tega Cay Fire Department. We have a full time staff that is available 24 hours and day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Until next month--KEEP ON LIVING THE GOOD LIFE--in Tega Cay!