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Safe Spring Cleaning

Posted on: April 26th, 2015 by vgmforbin
If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

If you are getting ready to deep clean your home, we have solutions to keep you safe.

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects”. The fresh air of spring often inspires us to start working our way down the to-do list that built up all winter. But before you jump into any of those spring projects, think ahead and use caution to make sure that you don’t start spring with an injury. We have some tips to keep you safe while you get active this month.

Dress appropriately – If you start working when it is still chilly, you may warm up as the day goes on. If you get too warm, you may get dizzy and fall. Dress comfortably in layers that can be removed as needed.

Schedule a shorter day – While it is satisfying to knock out a big project in just a day, it could take another three days to recover! Set a time limit for yourself. Just a couple hours each day might be plenty to start with. Be sure to take breaks too!

Chairs are for sitting – Don’t stand on chairs to reach higher surfaces. Use a step stool with a handle if you are fully able to and have someone else there that can help you up and down. A simple reacher can also help you grab objects that are too high or low for you to safely grab them. If you are working on a lower project, sit down. It will save your back and feet, plus it is easier to get out of a chair than up from the ground!

Before starting any major DIY projects, ask yourself if it really needs to be done. Many of us think that we need a spotless home and yard but it is ok to not be perfect. It is always better to have a safer and happier home than a clean one. LA Medical offers different safety products that can be used in the home to prevent accidents. Check out our online catalog for solutions!

Injury Prevention Part 3: More Safety Tips for Spring Cleaning

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Part 3- Staying Safe during Spring Cleaning

Keep a phone handy. Cordless phone and cell phones can go with you in and out of the house in case you need to call for help.

Not taking precautions or overworking yourself during spring cleaning can lead to back pain or other injuries or discomfort.

Not taking precautions or overworking yourself during spring cleaning can lead to back pain or other injuries or discomfort.

If you’re shaking out your throw rugs and area rugs, consider “throwing” them right out of your house and life forever for at least rolling them up and putting them away. Countless falls and injuries are caused by tripping on area rugs. Use non-slip rugs on the bathroom or any other room where you must use them and replace those if they lose their backings.

Have a buddy system. Is there another friend that will be doing the same kind of projects?  You help them, they help you. You’ll get twice the work done in half the time and you’ll have more fun, and it’s safer. Separate the days you’ll work together so you don’t overdo it.

Hire it done or ask for help.  Ask friends for recommendations on people that may have used to get their projects done. Could a cleaning service get your whole house deep cleaned in a day or two? Could a person from the neighborhood get your lawn or flowerbeds ready?  Who could haul items from your garage or basement quicker or more safely? Check with your local senior center or church to see if there are individuals or groups looking for short term projects.

And lastly, ask yourself if it really needs to be done?  Many of us think we need to keep a spotless home and yard like we saw our parents or grandparents have.  We live in a different time now and it’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay if your second story windows don’t sparkle and your hedge doesn’t look like a 1950’s Better Homes and Gardens; it’s better to have safer and happier homes and gardens.

Ask LA Medical about tips and products to make your home safer and more comfortable.  We carry a wide variety of products both in store and in our online catalog and have experts in the store to answer your questions.

Injury Prevention Part 2: Use Common Sense

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Part 2- Preventing and Avoiding Injury this Spring

Before you jump into spring projects, think ahead and use a little bit of prevention to make sure you avoid injury this season.  Here are more tips to keep you safe.

Your home is full of potential hazards, so use common sense when it comes to your spring cleaning.

Your home is full of potential hazards, so use common sense when it comes to your spring cleaning.

Wear the proper clothing for the job. If you start a project early when it’s chilly, you may heat up as you work and as the day warms. If you get too hot, you may get dizzy and fall.  Dress in comfortable layers that you can add or remove as needed.

Schedule a short day. Oh the feeling of completing a big project in just one day!  But, wait until the next morning when you are so tired and sore that it takes 3 days to recover. Set a time limit. One or two hours may be plenty to start with. If you can do half of a day comfortably that’s great; don’t push it.

Take breaks. A few short breaks will let your body keep up with can-do spirit.

Chairs are for sitting only. Don’t stand on a chair to reach the high cupboards or to paint the wall. Use a proper step stool with a handle and even then, only if your fully able to and have someone else there to assist you (or at least to call 911!)

Like we said, chairs are for sitting, so sit down to do low projects like cleaning out drawers and cleaning the refrigerator for dusting. It will save your back and feet and it’s easier to get out of a chair then off of a floor.

Go easy on chemicals. People with and without respiratory problems can be harmed by breathing too many cleaning products and products that are too strong such as bleach, cleaners, bug sprays, etc. Read the directions carefully and use vented fans of open windows for ventilation.  Speaking of good respiratory health, if you need better respiratory supplies or equipment of any kind, see LA Medical today. Please browse our online catalog to find the products and equipment you need.

Avoiding Spring Injuries

Posted on: March 2nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Spring is high season for injuries.  For many, the injuries come from being less active throughout the winter and then being so eager to get right back into the swing of your outdoor workout routine.  The problem is simple – your muscles are not use to the strain you’re putting them under and you tend to push yourself harder in the spring because you’ve been locked indoors for so long.  Read on for some helpful tips to avoid spring injuries and of course, some items that could help you in case you do end up with an injury.

Getting out in the garden to start spring clean-up is a priority for many of us.  Before you head out for some heavy yard work remember to stretch your arms and legs.  When you are out in the yard, lift with your legs.  In addition, use gardening tools such as a weed puller instead of your own hands because your wrist and arms aren’t ready for the work yet.

For running or other exercises, keep in mind that your cardiovascular system bounces back quicker than your muscular system.  Your lungs are telling you that you can go farther and faster, but there will be repercussions in your muscles and bones.  Limit your level of exertion and slowly increase your training each day, not exceeding a ten percent increase.

Finally, our most important tip is to take your time.  Whether you are trying to be the first on your block to have a beautifully manicured lawn or working hard to get your body ready for beach season, take it easy.  Most spring injuries are simply caused by people pushing themselves too hard and working faster than their body can handle.  Take all the necessary precautions to accomplish your goals safely!

If you do find yourself getting very sore or did injure yourself, the best at-home treatment is heating pads.  You’ll see that heat therapy can do wonders on your sore back, legs or shoulders.  Learn more here.

As always, we’d love to hear from you so let us know what you think about avoiding injuries in the spring!