A guide to safely removing fallen leaves
Raking leaves is a chore many people immediately associate with autumn. Even though raking seems like a simple activity, it’s still possible to be injured while removing leaves from the yard.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center advises that pain from outdoor leaf chores can range from strained back muscles to twisted knees. Blisters on the hands and sunburn are other potential side effects. Many people do not realize that raking is a thorough cardiovascular workout. Individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease or those who have recovered from surgery may not be well enough to rake leaves.
Here’s how to make autumn leaf removal more of a breeze when the job is done safely.
Be cautious not to point an operational blower in the direction of people or pets, as debris can be blown about and cause injury.