Guest Article written by Richard Penbrook
We have all been there when spring comes around and the desire to search for that power tool or electric vacuum to revamp our tired homes sets in. Spring is also a great timing to check all your safety equipment which very often gets neglected during the winter months.
Whether we focus on cleaning the back garden or steam clean the carpet there are some safety measures which need to be taken into consideration before launching head first into such a plan.
- Clear clutter
Ensure you tidy up any loose wiring or cables which could potentially be a real menace. For example, telephone cables as well as television wires should be hidden away or tucked behind furniture in order to avoid tripping over them.
You can also use cable ties to wrap all those wires together which can be a neat way of storing all those additional cables. You can find them at any hardware or DIY store.
- Check Machinery
If you are using heavy power tools or equipment then it is essential to check them over thoroughly. If you see any loose wires or cabling that’s become a little worn then do not use them.
If all seems to be in good working order, then it’s important to wear clothing that is comfortable but not too loose that it may catch in the tool you are operating, such as a lawnmower or chainsaw.
- Avoid back injuries
If you do not want to cause serious damage to your body then it’s key to follow some important points on bending and lifting. Firstly, take your time when it comes to picking up an object as a sudden jolt may lead to issues including sciatica and a slipped disc.
Bend your knees and ensure your back is upright. Make sure you make your thigh muscles do the work. Finally, two heads are better than one so if the object is particularly heavy then don’t be a hero and ask for assistance.
- Purchase a smoke alarm
A smoke alarm can save your life in the event of a fire. You should also invest in CO detectorswhich will regularly detect the levels of carbon monoxide and smoke in the home. You can normally obtain CO detectorsfrom your gas or electric supplier.
Alternatively, there are a number of different products you will be able to purchase on the web. Once installed, test it out every four weeks and make sure you replace the batteries annually!
Richard Penbrook has been involved with cleaning services since he started his cleaning company 15 years ago. He encourages people to check all the safety and prevention equipment while organising spring cleaning. He noticed that many individuals as well as companies often forgets about this important check!