Now that we are in the midst of autumn, it will soon be time to think about leaf cleanup. While the shades of red and orange are beautiful on trees, once they start piling up on your property, they might not be as enjoyable. A solution that many people turn to in order to reduce the amount of time spent on yard maintenance is investing in a leaf blower.
Although leaf blowers are incredibly convenient, it is necessary to take safety precautions when operating them. In fact, in 2013, there were 4,000 reported cases of injury caused by leaf blowers, mulchers, and grinders according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Some of the injuries included cuts, bruises, electrical injuries, eye injuries, hearing loss/damage, breathing problems, and even death.
Some safety tips to avoid injury to yourself and others while operating a leaf blower:
· Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry
· Wear protective gear such as goggles, dust mask, gloves, and ear protection
· Do not attempt to use the leaf blower in the rain
· Make sure pets and children are inside
· Do not operate a leaf blower when you are standing on a ladder
· Check the yard first for any toys, rocks, or dangerous objects
· If you are operating an electric leaf blower, make sure that no one can trip on the extension cord, and it is safe for outdoor use
· If you are operating a gas leaf blower, clean up any gas spills as soon as possible
It is important to take leaf blowing very seriously. In addition to emitting noises that are 50 decibels higher than the maximum recommended volume level, they can also stir up particles that are unhealthy and toxic to humans.
However, even if you exercise the utmost care and caution while operating your leaf blower, accidents can still happen. If you or your child was injured by a leaf blower, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal remedies and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP at (212) 571-7171.