This Father's Day weekend, avoid emergency room visits with these simple safety tips...
Home Improvement Safety:
If your dad has been watching too much DIY Network or HGTV, he may be overzealous about spending Father’s Day accomplishing his latest project ideas.
Home improvement projects send hundreds of thousands of people to the emergency room each year, and when power tools are involved, accidents are bound to happen. If planning to help dad tackle his do-it-yourself projects this Father’s Day, keep these safety tips in mind.
- Keep a first aid kit handy
Anticipate the normal bumps, cuts, scrapes or something more serious and have a well-stocked first aid kit within reach.
- Use the 4-to-1 rule for proper ladder placement
For every four feet of ladder height, the bottom of the ladder should be one foot away from the wall or object it is leaning against. Remember to read the instructions and warning labels before using a ladder. In addition, always use a ladder that is long enough for the task at hand. Many ladder accidents are the result of using a ladder that is too short.
- Don’t forget your safety accessories
Always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris. If you are operating a loud power tool, wear earplugs to minimize damage to your eardrums.
- Be aware of your surroundings
When working with others, make sure you are always aware of where they are in order to prevent accidents or injuries. Ensure you keep children and pets away from tools and home improvement project areas.
- A clean workspace is a safe workspace
Properly storing power tools on high shelves or in locked cabinets out of children’s reach is recommended. Always make sure your workplace is well-lit and tools aren’t in the way.
Pool Party Safety:
Throwing a pool party is a great way to spend summer celebrations with family and friends, but can cause serious injury if proper safety measures aren’t taken.
- Check water containments
The day before the party, check the pool water levels, including the amount of chemicals the pool contains and if there is any need for maintaining the correct levels.
- Educate guests about the pool
Such as depth markings, lighting, diving board location, surface, and time for use.
- Pool drains should have safety covers
This prevents hair from getting trapped in the drain, trapping a person under water.
- No alcohol near the pool area
Keeping alcohol availability low is recommended as it can really hinder someone’s ability to swim, leading to drowning and other injuries. Drinks shouldn’t be served near the pool area but back in an area separate just for relaxation and entertainment.
- No sports activities near the pool
Running and playing around the pool can cause people to slip and fall- a very common way of pool injuries.
- Have swim floats and life vests available
Make sure there is an adequate supply of floats for non-swimmers and kids.
- Pair up
Have a system to pair kids while swimming, so that one can watch the other while swimming, going under water, and thus, have constant watch over the other.
- Everyone on the boat should have a life jacket on at all times.
- Keep a fully-stocked first-aid kit on board to treat scrapes or cuts.
- Wearing water shoes or sandals can help prevent slips and falls on boats and docks.
- Apply sunscreen and watch for sunburns throughout the day.
- Never drink while piloting a boat.
- Stay within normal speed. Driving too fast on the water can lead to a serious boating accident.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
- Never leave the grill or barbecue unattended while it’s in use.
- Be sure to keep the grill or barbecue off dry leaves.
- For charcoal lovers, if you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid.
- Never attempt to move a hot grill.
- Allow ashes to completely cool before disposing of them.
- When cooking on the grill or barbecue, use tongs, spatulas, and gloves to prevent burns.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Grills should only be used outdoors and at least 10 feet away from a house or any building.