Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

After a long, cold winter, Spring is a welcome change. The season brings open windows, fresh air, blooming buds and – for many – Spring cleaning. The deep cleaning ritual typically involves scrubbing floors and windows, washing and replacing heavy linens and window coverings and returning to long neglected yard work.

Although these household chores seem mundane, they can lead to back pain, knee strain or worse. Consider the following safety tips: 

Ladder Safety

  • Take safety precautions when using ladders, since falls are a leading cause of serious head and spine injuries.
  • Make sure your ladder is on solid ground and fully extended.
  • Ask someone to support the ladder when you climb.
  • Never stand on the top level of a ladder.

Safety Tips for Household Chores

  • Use furniture slides when cleaning carpets and moving heavy furniture to allow for safe and easy sliding.
  • Lift with your knees when flipping or rotating mattresses.
  • Keep cleaning supplies and buckets of liquid out of the reach of small children.
  • Use shorter, more concentrated strokes when using a broom, mop or scrub brush – instead of long sweeping motions – to reduce unnecessary strain on your spine.

Safety Tips for Yard Work

  • Avoid prolonged periods of time bent forward, such as when weeding or pruning. The longer your spine spends in the “c” position, the greater the strain on your neck and back.
  • Kneel on a garden pad and use your arms for support.
  • Take a break after 10 – 15 minutes of kneeling to give your back and knees a much needed rest.
  • Bend at your knees – instead of flexing at the waist – when picking up sticks and other debris.
  • Use protective ear and eye wear when working with yard equipment, such as chainsaws, weed eaters and lawn mowers.
  • Move only small piles of dirt or mulch. Avoid twisting and throwing dirt. Instead, pivot and square up to your load.
  • Many accidents happen when we take on large projects without asking or waiting for help. Always ask for help when moving heavy objects, like indoor and outdoor furniture.

When accidents or injuries occur, consult a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician or a physical therapist. Call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or request an appointment online today.

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