The beautiful spectacle of fall colors has arrived — and with it, the opportunity to marvel at nature’s majesty. Enjoy the scenery while it lasts, for your future likely involves a whole lot of leaf raking. This might seem like one of the least dangerous of the various outside chores you’re subjected to each year, but it’s not as innocuous as you might think. A few common — but oft-forgotten — hazards are highlighted below:
How to Avoid Repetition Injuries
The repetitive nature of raking can leave you prone to a surprising array of injuries, particularly if you attempt to rake leaves too quickly or with the wrong equipment. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of injuries related to repetition:
- Select a rake that is suited to your height. Short and excessively heavy rakes increase your risk of straining your back, especially after raking for long periods of time.
- Stretch your body before you rake.
- Don’t twist at the waist. If you need to turn, use your entire body.
- Don’t overfill leaf bags. Many raking-related injuries actually stem from lifting leaf bags. Avoid the urge to fill bags excessively, particularly when leaves are wet and therefore heavier than usual.
Addressing the Risk of Slipping
Think twice about raking leaves shortly after rain or when the grass is dewy. Your lawn could prove surprisingly slippery, leaving you prone to falls. If possible, wear slip-resistant footwear. Raking too quickly can also increase your chances of falling. Take your time — and take breaks regularly. Stop raking at the first sign of pain.
If you have suffered a raking-related injury due to negligence, you may be eligible to seek legal recourse. Regan Zambri Long PLLC can provide valuable support as you seek damages; reach out today to learn more about our personal injury services.