Spring Cleaning Safety
We’ve officially reached the middle of March and for us Wisconsonite’s that means one thing: that much closer to spring! It’s the time of year where we yearn for green grass, fresh air, sunshine, and a freshly cleaned home. As we get spring approaches, we start the task of spring cleaning. It’s a time for change, organization, de-cluttering, etc. It can also be a time of injuries and accidents if you dive into your tasks recklessly. The following are some safety tips for an accident and injury free spring cleaning season.
· Be gentle to your body. We are often less active in the winter, leading to deconditioning. Don’t just jump right into a physically intense spring cleaning project. Gently warm yourself up, take breaks and stretch at the end of the day.
· Watch out for ice. If you are doing work outside, be cautious of ice buildup. As the warmer temperatures melt the snow we inevitably end up with patches of ice as the temp still drop below freezing.
· Know what you are using. Before using any sore of cleaning agent, product, etc. read the label, know the ingredients and their dangers. Keep in mind that a “natural” cleaner doesn’t necessarily mean “non-toxic.”
· Look out for mold. Mold can be very toxic. Search for mold both inside and out of your home. Check windows, door frames, etc. where condensation build up may have happened over winter. Check the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen which are common areas of mold growth due to the amount of water we use in each of these areas.
· Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need help lifting, reaching, or simply have a task you are not knowledgeable about, don’t be afraid to ask a qualified person for help. You’ll save yourself time and money in the long run if you do it right the first time.
These may seem like simple, common-sense tips and that’s because they are! We are often too eager to start a spring cleaning process and don’t think the entire thing through. Slow down this spring and complete your projects accident and injury free!