During the warm days of summer, we tend to be more active in and around
our homes with various home improvement projects, which can sometimes
lead to accidents and injury. In fact, the
CDC reports that in 2013 alone, Americans visited the E.R. more than 28 million times
for unintentional injuries! With a bit of forethought and care, many of
these accidents can be avoided, however. If you’re planning to work
in the garage, the shed or around the house this summer, what can you
do to stay safe?
Wear safety goggles, especially when using power tools. Drills, saws, lawn mowers, weed whackers and even hammers can send small
particulates flying into our eyes, causing injury.
Turn off the power. Any time you’re installing or repairing something electrical, make
sure to cut power to that area of the home to prevent electric shock.
Get help with heavy lifting. Moving heavy items by yourself can force you into a bad posture position
and injure your back, or even cause you to lose your balance and fall.
Avoid working outdoors on hot days. If you’re looking for an excuse to procrastinate, you’ve found
one. Overexerting yourself during a heat wave can cause dehydration and
heat stroke. Additionally, hot days usually mean lower air quality, which
can cause respiratory issues. Save the work for morning and evening, and
take the afternoon off.
Watch the kids. Small children often love to help with home projects (teenagers, not so
much), but kids can also find themselves in harm’s way if you’re
not mindful. Keep an eye out when operating heavy machinery or moving
large objects, and make sure the kids stay a safe distance away.
Keep the cell phone handy. Heaven forbid, if you do experience an injury and need immediate help,
you’ll want a phone nearby to call 911, especially if no one is
For more information on home safety in general, see our recent post “5 Dangers in the Home Hiding in Plain Sight.”
If you experience an injury accident, our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can provide advice and representation if necessary. Call our office for