5 Ways to Get Injured – or Dead – Doing Yard Work
This summer, millions of homeowners will spend their sunny weekends doing yard work. This is a great thing – yard work is an awesome way to bond with your family, get good exercise, and spend time in the sun. But when you’re engaged in these outdoor activities and something goes wrong, it’s no laughing matter. Thousands of people are rushed off to emergency rooms with yard work-related injuries. This is a list of some of the common ways people may end up in the hospital this summer:
• It’s not surprising that chainsaws are one of the more dangerous lawn care tools. In reality, about 36,000 people will be rushed to ER this year for chainsaw related injuries!
• It’s an undisputed fact that nobody likes to be stung by bees or wasps. It is probably one of the most unpleasant pains one can endure. But sometimes these stings are more than merely unpleasant. About 100 people die every year in America from an allergic reaction to a sting from a bee or wasp. If you are allergic, be sure to always have emergency supplies on hand.
• About 4,000 people are injured every year from rogue hedge clippers. The most common result of this type of injury is the loss of a finger.
• Heat related illnesses occur when your body’s ability to overcome heat is overtaken by overwhelming temperatures. According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control, about 3,300 people died from 1999 to 2003 as a result of heat sickness. When it’s really hot, make sure to spend some time out of the sun and always – ALWAYS – take in plenty of fluids.
• The biggest threat you may face this summer is your lawn’s best friend – the mower. Around 80,000 people go to the hospital every year from injuries caused by their mower. The most common type of lawn mower related injury occurs when a stick or small rock ricochets off the blade of the mower and launches itself right into your eye.
Now that you know all the ways you can be injured (or killed) while doing yard work, you may be tempted to avoid it all together. This is not a viable choice. The only solution is to remember this list and try to be as safe as you can. If you do, you (and your lawn) should have a happy and safe summer.