Most people have heard the statement that driving is the most dangerous thing that they’ll do in their life. Yard work is actually pretty high on that list of dangers, too. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools each year. If maintaining a nice-looking yard is important to you, you are going to want to put as much thought into safety as esthetics or else you could have serious problems.
One key to being safe when doing yard work is to wear proper protective clothing. Comfortable clothing that is not too loose is the way to go, including long pants, long sleeves, and good, solid shoes or boots. Eye and hearing protection is important, too–it’s more important to keep your sight and hearing than it is to look stylish.
Naturally, you should keep children and pets away from the area, preferably indoors, when using lawn tools. Before starting to work, you should clear your work area of large sticks, branches or stones. If you’re using gas power tools, only refuel when the engine is cool. If you’re using electric power tools, do not use them in damp conditions and always be aware of the location of the power cord, if the device has one.
Even with the best precautions, accidents do happen. Many accidents around the home, often including accidents in lawn maintenance, are covered by a homeowners insurance policy. If you are unsure of your coverage or if you have any questions about homeowners insurance in the state of Washington, contact Humble & Davenport Insurance in Renton, Washington today!