Thirty-eight thousand: According to the annual summary from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), that is the number of Americans who suffered leaf-raking injuries in 2012.
Your Trusted Choice® agent enjoys the beauty of leaves in the fall as much as anyone, but when it comes to the task of raking them up in your yard, that is 38,000 injuries too many.
It’s not that your medical insurance will not respond for treatment and emergency room expense. It’s that the vast majority of these — or any other residential — injuries can often be avoided. All it takes to enjoy fall’s beauty without injury are a few tried and true safety procedures, some common sense and a willingness to slow down and smell the roses — or in this case, the fallen leaves.
Here are a few raking safety tips from the very folks who are often called in to treat the results of such injuries — the experts at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Follow these tips and turn a potentially risky activity into a pleasant and safe rite of fall passage.