Spring Outdoor Safety Tips to Avoid Injury
Spring in South Carolina is a great time to get outside for exercise, yard work and just for fun. Unfortunately, there are many dangers outside that can lead to injury. John Mobley Law Firm wants you to stay safe when you are outside, but if you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Common outdoor injuries come from cutting the grass. Be sure you are familiar with your equipment and that it is well-maintained. Clear the yard of debris before cutting the grass, and make sure children and pets are at a safe distance.
Be especially careful if you are using a ladder for anything. Set up your ladder on stale, level ground and make sure it extends 3 feet above the roof (or whatever you are trying to reach. Always have three points of contact on the ladder (two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand).
Cutting tools such as hand saws, sheering lobbers and chainsaws, can be very dangerous. Make sure you know how to use the equipment and make sure it is in good condition. Getting a splinter from an axe handle might not sound serious, but if you drop the axe on your foot because a splinter hurt your hand, you might wind up in the hospital.
If you are getting outside to exercise, know your limits. Don’t hurt yourself because you started running as fast as possible without warming up. Do only what your body will allow. If it’s wet outside, whether from rain or sprinklers, be on the lookout for slipping hazards.
Other things to watch out for while spending time outdoors:
- Wild animals and insects: Bites and stings can hurt and can lead to infection and disease.
- Playground dangers: Children can easily fall of equipment or hurt themselves if not using it appropriately.
- Swimming pools: Always swim within your ability and never leave children unattended near swimming pools.
- Heat stroke: If you spend a lot of time outside, take plenty of breaks to hydrate and cool off to avoid the dangers of heat stroke.
In general, just using common sense when outside will go a long way toward staying safe and avoiding injury. If, however, you are injured because of the negligence of another person or entity (business, park, commercial property, etc.), contact the personal injury specialists at John Moley Law firm for a free consultation. Remember, you don’t pay anything until we win your case.