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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic surgeons offer tips for injury-free spring cleaning
ROSEMONT, Ill., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many people across the country are celebrating the end of a long, cold winter by de-cluttering their homes and tackling a growing list of other spring cleaning projects around the house.
Whether you're starting up the lawn mower for the first time this season, climbing a seldom-used ladder, or simply moving furniture to clean those hard-to-reach places, spring cleaning chores create a number of safety hazards that could lead to injury if the proper precautions are not taken.
"Thousands of Americans are injured from cleaning and home improvement projects each year, and it is often because we fail to recognize the dangers of these seemingly simple, low-risk chores," said orthopaedic trauma surgeon and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) spokesperson Gregory John Della Rocca, MD, PhD. "By recognizing the risks involved in using items such as ladders, lawn mowers and power tools-and knowing how to use them properly-you can reduce your risk of injury."
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013:
In an effort to prevent these unfortunate injuries, AAOS offers the following recommendations to stay safe as you prepare your home for the change in seasons:
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