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Yard Work Safety Tips

Many of you will use Memorial Day weekend as a chance to get some yard work done.

But if you're not careful using equipment like lawnmowers and trimmers you could end up in the emergency room.

Every year, people end up there with injuries while using that equipment.

"A lot of people are getting out doing stuff, taking a little more risks than they should," says Dr. Michael Clark with St. Clare's.

But there are some things you can do to prevent those injuries.

Almost all of the equipment you buy today comes equipped with safety features.

And experts say you should leave them alone.

They're meant to reduce your chances of getting hurt.

"The worst thing we see coming in here is, everybody bypasses the safety bail on the handle, they lock it open, either with velcro or strings or whatever, you should never do that," says Terry Artis with ACE Hardware.

And never let your children ride on the lawnmower.

"They can slip and fall or you accidentally drop them, or they get knocked off by a branch when you drive under trees," says Artis.

You should also wear safety glasses or ear protection depending on the equipment you're using.

But most of all, slow down.

"Just take your time, think about what you're doing, and try not to take the short cuts," says Dr. Clark.


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