It’s that time of year! People dust the corners and break out the ladder for spring cleaning. But many people are unaware of the potential risk of injury that may occur as the result of spring cleaning.
You need to know that thousands of injuries occur every year with the use of simple gardening tools. Even more injuries occur as the result of handling a ladder improperly.
So the key to avoid spring cleaning injuries is to know your LIMITS. It’s easy and tempting to take on more spring cleaning chores than your body can accommodate because you don’t feel the ‘pain’ immediately. So be sure to take breaks throughout. Another important idea is to stretch before spring cleaning. Yes, S-T-R-E-T-C-H. A little stretching can go a long way to prevent injuring your back and neck. Here are some simple rules I want you to follow so you don’t injure your back.
“Five Rules To Avoid Spring Cleaning Injuries… Inside Your Home.”
Prepare an appropriate schedule. Write out what you’re going to do. When you do, you’ll get more done. Don’t try to complete too many tasks at once as this can cause you to hurry and may increase your risk of injury.
Reduce the strain on your back and knees when cleaning the floor by using the right TOOLS. EXAMPLE: Clean the floor with a mop, as opposed to washing the floor on your hands and knees. Doing this will save your knees, and you’re going to feel a lot better tomorrow.
Use a steady and wide base of support. This is a basic rule but one that you don’t want to break. Use a step stool – instead of a piece of furniture – to dust in high corners. Using furniture is a big NO-NO.
Have someone assist you when moving furniture to clean. I know you’re big and strong, but you need to adhere to this rule. Do not try to lift heavy objects by yourself for spring cleaning activities. Remember to squat and lift object with the support of your knees, not your back.
This step is really important. Use long strokes to push the vacuum instead of short strokes. Pushing and pulling the vacuum in short, hurried strokes can hurt your back, and you know that can be very painful.