A guide to safely re­mov­ing fallen leaves

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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.

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