The return of warmer weather to Hampton Roads inspires more outdoor activity. It’s also a time for homeowners to consider the arduous task of spring cleaning. Will this be the year you finally tackle those long delayed garage and closet decluttering projects? Are there home projects to finish?
Spring chores, depending on the scope of work to complete, may contribute to keeping your body active and flexible. If you live with chronic joint pain, the exercise accompanied with the work is important to keep the movement in your joints. Nonetheless, it’s important to observe safety precautions so you do not exacerbate your pain.
March is National Ladder Safety Month, and if your spring plans include use of a ladder to clean or repair, be mindful of the potential dangers.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over half a million people are treated for ladder-related injuries every year. To help prevent emergency room visits, AAOS offers the following recommendations to stay safe this spring:
- Always place ladders on a firm, level surface. Never place a ladder on ground or flooring that is uneven, soft, wet or otherwise unstable;
- Make sure your shoelaces are securely tied and your pant legs do not extend underneath your shoes;
- When working on a ladder, leaning too far to one side or reaching too far overhead can make you lose your balance and fall. As a point of reference, your belly button should never go beyond the sides of the ladder;
- Never climb a ladder without someone nearby who is able to spot you;
- If working outside, make sure the ladder is away from electrical wires, tree limbs or any other obstructions; and
- Use a sturdy step ladder instead of a counter-top or furniture, such as a table or chair, when cleaning high, hard to reach areas.
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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