For many people it is the time to do a thorough household spring clean. Although this annual home ritual can be good for the soul, it also carries some potential risks of injury.
Sudden increase in physical activity can be hard on the body. Remember to stretch, pace yourself, ask for assistance with heavy lifting and always know your limits.
Exercise caution if you will be exposed to hazardous cleaning supplies. Follow safety recommendations when using any chemical products, such as wearing gloves, chemical goggles and masks. Do not mix chemical products together because their contents could react with very dangerous results. Hazardous products should be locked away from the curious hands of children. Cleaning supplies can create nasty fumes, so make sure you get some fresh air by opening windows, turning on the exhaust fan, or placing a fan in the room.
Be safe when using tools and equipment. In particular, many spring cleaners rely on step stools and ladders to reach those hard to reach places. Be sure to inspect your step stool or ladder before using it. Do not over-extend your reach – that’s asking for trouble!
Falls and poisoning remain the top two causes of serious injuries at home. As you undertake your spring cleaning expedition, remember to stay safe!