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Spring Yard Work Safety

Spring Yard Work Safety

With longer days and warmer weather, many of us are spending more time working outdoors on our gardens and lawns. Before you grab the edge-trimmer or load up the wheelbarrow, take a moment to ensure you’re following some best practices for safe yard work.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds homeowners that now is the time to make sure your equipment is ready to go:

It’s easy to become so focused on our outside chores that we neglect to put our own safety first. The CDC recommends that gardeners:

Emergency Care for Bites and Stings

Working in the garden can sometimes lead to painful bites and stings. These can occur from a wide variety of insects, reptiles and animals. Most are not serious and cause only minor swelling, redness, pain and itching. In general:

Venomous bites and stings inject venom, or poison, into the body. Focus on slowing the absorption of venom into the body and quickly activating the EMS system for specialized treatment.

In the case of bee stings, it is possible for a life-threatening allergic reaction to arise. Monitor the person for at least 30 minutes to see if their condition worsens.

If you suspect a severe reaction is occurring, activate EMS without delay. If the person carries a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector, assist the person with using it.

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