Summer Urgent Care Issues

Tips To Keep You Safe During Your Spring Yardwork

The coveted days of spring weather have arrived, and they have escorted warm temperatures, plentiful blue skies, serenades from birds, and the other enticements from this part of the year that provide you with an ongoing invitation to spend time outside while participating in many different activities. This includes the numerous tasks that are involved with maintaining your yard and cultivating the grass, trees, shrubs and plants that are contained in it. 

The various projects that are part of working in your yard usually deliver an enjoyable experience that can also be therapeutic. But as you look forward to taking on the collection of projects that await you, it is wise to remember that safety is critical. This remains true regardless of how much you enjoy the process of working outdoors, or how much experience you have with the equipment, tools, and chemicals that are often associated with these activities.

Before you embark upon mowing your lawn trimming your shrubs and trees,  starting and maintaining your garden, taking control of weeds or pests, or undertaking some general cleanup, it is best to preserve a goal of complete safety. Here is a list of precautions that you should take before you being any form of yard work.

Safety Tips When Working Outdoors

Keep Your Children Safe – it is always essential to make sure that your children are not near you when you are operating any type of equipment. Preferably, your sons and daughters should be inside while you are out. This should be your top priority before undertaking any type of outdoor work. Of course, you should place the safety of your children first at all times, which includes keeping all equipment, tools, and chemicals in locations where your kids will not be able to reach them.

Wear Protective Gear safety goggles and long pants are equally important if you are going to be involved with any equipment or power tools. You should wear gloves to decrease the chances of contending with any cuts, exposure to chemicals, or other skin issues. Insect repellent is critical before you being working on plants and shrubs, while rubber boots can help combat unwanted ticks. 

Make Sure That You Understand How To Operate All Equipment – it is important to read the owner’s manual and all safety instructions before using any new equipment and to review any manual and directions even if you have used the equipment previously.  

Read All Labels And Follow Instructions When Using Chemicals – you should also read the warning labels and any associated instructions before you begin using any chemicals. This will help guide you through the process of mixing and applying chemicals, along with direction on how to store the substances, and dispose of them.  

Maintain Ladder Safety – you must ensure that your ladder is securely on a firm surface, and that nobody can accidentally open a door that would hit your ladder. You should always avoid standing on the top step of your ladder. 

Examine Extension Cords – all cords should be checked, and any potential cracks should be protected with electrical tape. You should not use a cord that has frayed wires, and never allow any portion of your cord to sit in water.   

Respect The Power Of Electricity – all power tools should remain unplugged at all times unless you are using them. When you are ready to begin using one of your tools, also make sure that everything is in the ‘off’ position before you plug any of your tools in.  

Drink Fluids – any extended time outside should include liquids, and you don’t have to wait until you are thirsty in order to begin. But you should absolutely avoid alcohol while you are involved with any of the activities that have been discussed.

Protect Yourself From The Sun – you should wear sunscreen that contains a sun protective factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. You can safeguard yourself even further by also wearing long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses.

When You Should Seek Medical Attention

If you have suffered a fall from a ladder then you ask someone to drive you to an urgent care center in order to obtain immediate medical attention. Any type of cut that is deep or long should be viewed immediately by a doctor. This is also true if the cut will not stop bleeding, is located near a joint, or is accompanied by a fever. 

If you were applying chemicals on your grass, trees, or shrubs, and experienced a burn to your skin or in your eyes, then you should quickly also seek medical assistance. The need for immediate attention applies to any burn from electricity or chemicals, including third-degree burns or any burns that are over 2 inches long, or burns that impacted your face, hands, or feet.

You should also remove any clothes that contain the chemicals immediately. Also, if any chemicals have been swallowed or inhaled, then you should be checked by a doctor.  This is also important if you encounter any blisters, fever or chills from sunburn. 

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help

If you have any questions or concerns about an accident or incident that occurred while you were attending to yardwork, or if you would like to follow-up on any other type of health issue, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening and can provide you with advice on what you should do if you experienced a problem while working outdoors. 

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems:

At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of the topics that were listed previously.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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