How to Stay Safe While Enjoying the Outdoors
Spring is a time for getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. However, it's important to be aware of the potential hazards that can be found in the natural world.
Spring is a time when people start to venture outside to enjoy the warmer weather and blooming flowers. While spending time outdoors can be fun and refreshing, it's important to be aware of potential safety hazards. As an emergency room business, we've seen firsthand the consequences of outdoor accidents that could have been prevented with a little extra caution
These spring outdoor safety tips can help you to avoid common yard work injuries that we see in our emergency rooms often around this time of year. The good news is, these injuries can all be easily prevented.
Tip #1: Wear protective gear
When it comes to yard work, it’s crucial to dress properly for the occasion. Wearing protective gear such as closed-toe shoes, goggles or protective glasses, hearing protection, and a face mask when necessary can shield you from any unwanted elements.
Should you wear a mask when gardening? If you suffer from spring allergies, wearing a mask can protect your face from allergens such as pollen and any harmful chemicals such as pesticides in certain fertilizers.
Choosing to wear gloves is crucial for protecting your arms and hands from lacerations or scrapes and cuts, especially if you’re handling sharp objects like garden shears.
Tip #2: Apply sunscreen and insect repellent
Sunscreen and insect repellent should also be a part of your protective gear routine. Be sure to do this step at least 15-20 minutes before going outside to reap the benefits of each protective product.
Why you should apply sunscreen before going outside? Sunscreen will protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and can help prevent heat stroke or sun sickness. If you or a loved one notice any heat stroke warning signs such as hot or red skin, nausea and vomiting, a fast pulse, or a throbbing headache, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The importance of insect repellent - Here in Texas, we are no strangers to bugs or critters in the springtime. We know that working outside in Texas is much safer after applying insect repellent, which can help to prevent bug bites that can be harmful to you, especially from mosquitoes, ticks, and spiders. Some bug bites can put you at risk for harmful diseases such as malaria, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
It’s also a smart idea to check for insects such as spiders or even more dangerous critters like snakes before picking up any equipment or working on any gardening tasks!
Tip #3: Inspect any equipment before you use it
We’re sure that you’re ready to crank up the lawnmower as soon as possible, but taking the time to inspect any piece of equipment you intend to use can help to prevent any injuries.
Common lawnmower injuries include:
- Shock hazards from damaged electrical cords
- Deep cuts from blades
- Burns that could occur from the exhaust or from a hot engine
- Broken bones or fractures can occur if you lose control of the lawnmower or it rolls over your foot
- Eye injuries from loose debris in the yard
Not all equipment-related injuries can be prevented just by checking your equipment, but doing so will make you that much safer while working out in the yard.
Tip #4: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Much like sunscreen, drinking a substantial amount of water is the best way to prevent your body from overheating while spending numerous hours under the sun. Try to avoid over-caffeinated beverages like coffee or energy drinks to avoid “the caffeine shakes” while you work. The same can be said for sugary drinks like soda which can cause your body to experience a sugar crash and grow fatigued while you handle dangerous tools. To be safe, just stick to water.
Make sure to drink plenty of water before starting any yard work, and continue to stay hydrated throughout the day, even if the temperature isn't too high. This will help prevent dehydration. Take breaks in between each task so that you don’t risk excessive sun exposure.
Experiencing any common yard work injuries? Complete Care can help!
Our spring outdoor safety tips are meant to help you avoid any unwanted injuries. But if you find yourself in a situation where you need medical attention, Complete Care’s medical staff is here to help you through any emergency. Our ERs have low wait times and hospital-grade equipment so that you can get the quality care you need fast.
We have ER locations across the DFW metroplex that are open and here to help you 24/7 for whatever spring throws your way.
We have 9 facilities spread across the DFW area with average wait times of less than 10 mins that are OPEN 24/7 located in Hurst, Colleyville, Frisco, Highland Village, Hillcrest, Uptown, Little Elm, Mansfield, and Texoma.