When the weather warms, your doors and windows may fly open to let in the sunshine and fresh air. But that may reveal the dust and dander that collected during the long winter.
It’s time to sweep out the cobwebs, polish things up, and add a few sparkles. Spring cleaning can present situations where accidents may happen: slips, burns, falls and sprains. Keep safety in mind while you give your home that deep-down cleaning.
- DON’T’ OVERDO IT. Do what’s most important to you. Don’t make it a marathon; just start where the difference will matter most. Don’t’ try to do everything. Keep your personal limitations and energy level in mind. Enlist help.
- PROTECT YOUR HANDS. If you’re using strong chemicals to strip floors or clean toilets, use protective gloves. You may be allergic, and some chemicals can burn sensitive skin. Remember that many chemicals are toxic to inhale, so you may want to use a mask, or at the least have lots of ventilation while using the smallest amount necessary.
- PROTECT YOUR EYES. If you’re dusting fans, ceiling light fixtures or anything above your head, put on those cheap protective glasses that will protect your eyes from damage. You don’t want tiny particles of dust or dirt falling into your eyes.
- PROTECT YOUR HEALTH. While dusting seems a non-dangerous activity, it is so easy to contract sinus infections from stirring the dust up, at the same time inhaling it. Prevent ingesting germ-laden dust into sinus cavities by wearing a mask.
- WATCH YOUR STEP. If you’re using a step ladder to get to those high cabinets, be extra sure that it’s stable before you mount. Wear sturdy shoes that won’t slip from under your feet. Don’t load your arms with so much that while going up or down you can’t keep your balance. Stop whatever you’re doing when you go up and come down.
These safety tips come from stories of old and present-day mishaps that happened while cleaning. It’s not going to prove anything, if you have a clean attic and a broken leg. Take it easy. Be smart. If you can afford it, hire someone to do the really hard stuff….like the ceiling- high windows, lifting furniture and other heavy work.
Written By Ruby Holder Moseley, Staff Writer, FizzNiche