SPRING OUTDOOR HAZARDS
The weather has been warming up and the outdoor home projects have already started. The Safety.BLR website has an article with the following 10 outdoor safety tips for spring:
- Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants when using lawn mowers and other machinery.
- Protect your hearing when operating machinery.
- Make sure equipment is working properly.
- Wear gloves to protect from skin irritations, cuts, and contaminants.
- Use insect repellant containing DEET.
- Follow instructions and warning labels on chemical and lawn and garden equipment.
- Reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer by wearing long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunshades. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Keep an eye on the thermometer and take precautions in the heat.
- When working in hot weather, reminder workers to drink plenty of liquids, but not those that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, as they can cause you to lose body fluid.
- Pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, including high body temperature, headache, dizziness, rapid pulse, nausea, confusion, or unconsciousness.