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By: Alison Jacobson
Posted on: May 31, 2018

Safety Tips for Your Home Outdoor Projects

It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor projects – cleaning the yard, hosing off the deck for outdoor parties, creating your perfect backyard oasis (we wish!) – but as with all projects, safety first! Safety Mom has some tips to help you get started, safely of course.

With summer finally here, now’s the time to spruce up the outside of your house. If you’re like me you don’t want to spend a fortune hiring people to do the work. For some big jobs that might be the only way to go but for many of the projects that need to be done outside, it’s super easy to do them yourself. Trust me, if I can do it so can you. The key is preparation and SAFETY.

Safety Tips for Some of the Top Outdoor Projects:

1) Power Washing

Since you’ll probably be spending a lot of time eating outside, making sure your deck looks fresh and clean should be one of your first projects. There’s really two ways to go about this, power washing or cleaning it by hand. While power washing is faster if you’re not careful and don’t follow instructions not only can you ruin the wood but seriously injure yourself.

Safety Tips:

  • Be sure to read the instructions carefully on the power washer, use the proper colored nozzle for the job (at least a 15° stream)
  • Wear goggles, long pants and closed-toe shoes
  • Practice using the power washer in the driveway first and never point at another person or pet.

2) Weed Wacker

Weeds grow like… well… weeds. Digging them up isn’t always practical and could literally take days. While a weed wacker can get the job done quickly it’s one of the most dangerous gardening tools out there. The speed of the turning head and plastic string can cause serious injury along with the flying gravel, pebbles and other debris.

Be careful when trimming around equipment in your yard, such as HVAC units and electrical boxes.

Safety Tips:

  • Wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, ear protection and eye protection.
  • Be sure no one is standing nearby when the trimmer is in use.
  • Let the engine cool down before refueling and storing away

3) Gutter Cleaning

Gutters clogged with leaves and twigs or bird’s nests can cause water to accumulate, eventually damaging the roof and destroying the gutters. Cleaning them is easy if you have the right equipment and a sturdy ladder. Installing gutter guards can prevent you having to clean the gutters in the future.

Safety Tips:

  • Have someone spot you when you’re on the ladder in case you fall
  • Use a sturdy ladder that has a shelf wide enough to hold a bucket to collect debris.Check all bolts and screws on the ladder.
  • Wear sturdy shoes – not sandals – and thick gloves.
  • Make sure the ladder is placed on a flat, sturdy surface.