Avoid Injury While Safeguarding Home
Autumn is a good time to winterize your home. Cleaning gutters, inspecting the roof, and caulking windows and doors are a just few tasks you may have to complete. These do-it-yourself projects are helpful in keeping your home safe from the cold weather, but your safety is just as important.
According to the Home Safety Council, more than 330,000 people each year receive medical treatment due to home improvement injuries. One of the most common types of injuries is falls from ladders. Incorporating safe behaviors, like inspecting your ladder before projects, can save you a trip to the emergency room.
Keep these safety tips in mind while winterizing your home:
- Stretch before you start to help prevent muscle strain.
- Take breaks and hydrate in order to avoid exhaustion.
- Plan in advance how you will complete your project.
- Take your time.
- Follow directions while using chemicals and tools.
- Use proper safety gear.
- Call a professional for difficult projects that you are not skilled to complete.
- Keep a first aid kit nearby while working. Seek immediate medical help if you have a serious injury or fall.
When you need non-emergency medical care, call UT Medical Group’s Department of Family Medicine. Our providers care for both children and adults at three convenient locations: Downtown, East Memphis, and Covington. Contact the office nearest you to make an appointment.
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