ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With warmer weather upon us, millions of American DIYers will be dusting
off their lawn mowers to get their lawns and gardens looking lush and
beautiful. According to a new survey by 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand and
the National Safety Council*, many may not be aware of the dangers that
are lurking each time they rev up those small engines.
In fact, more than one in three DIYers (39 percent) report injuries from
using a lawn mower with eye and ear injuries topping the list. Yet while
45 percent say they are concerned about getting injured, 57 percent
never wear ear protection and 43 percent never protect their eyes.
“Smart preparation can make all the difference when you’re taking on
outdoor projects this season,” said Manfredini, host of HouseSmarts TV
and home improvement contributor on NBC’s The Today Show. “Whether
you’re doing routine tasks like mowing the lawn or spreading fertilizer,
it’s important to protect yourself with the proper safety gear.”
Manfredini provides these tips to help keep outdoor DIYers safe and
protected this lawn and garden season.
Before you mow your lawn, take time to walk the yard quickly to
inspect for items that may be lying on the ground. Sticks and stones
can break your bones – particularly, if the blade of the mower picks
it up and throws it at high speed from under the mower's deck.
fact, the blades of a power mower can hurl objects such as rocks and
twigs at fast speeds, turning them into dangerous projectiles. Be sure
to help protect your eyes with safety eyewear like 3MTM
TEKK ProtectionTM ForceFlexTM MAX Flexible
There is nothing better than digging in the dirt but for most of us
it's a great way to tear up our hands. A good pair of gloves that fit
well will give you added protection and help keep you working longer
in the garden.
Lawn and garden power tools make your outdoor chores go much more
quickly. But the noise that they make can harm your hearing even if
you are only exposed for a short amount of time. Make sure you are
wearing ear protection. It comes in many varieties ---from disposable
foam ear plugs to high quality ear muffs, and even ones that will play
music while you work like 3MTM
TEKK ProtectionTM WorkTunesTM Hearing Protector.
Spreading fertilizers around your lawn and garden will help control
weeds and green things up but you do not want to inhale the fumes from
those chemicals. Help protect your lungs by wearing a respirator when
applying these products. A 3MTM
TEKK ProtectionTM Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator
can help protect you and help keep you comfortable and cool with its
unique, patented Cool FlowTM Valve technology.
No matter what project you are doing outside, wearing eye protection
is a must. Each year, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur and
more than half of all reported injuries occur within the home.**
Protective eyewear has come a long way and offers styles that are
comfortable and stylish, and designed to help keep your eyes protected
from projectiles and contaminants.
To help create your safety shopping list, visit www.3mtekk.com
and check out the Product
Selector and instructional
videos to choose the right protection for your project.
3M TEKK Protection offers a full line of innovative
respiratory, eyewear and hearing products designed to help keep DIYers
and professionals safe when completing projects around the home. 3M TEKK
Protection products can be found at home improvement and hardware stores
across the U.S. For additional information, go to www.3mtekk.com.
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* National Safety Council/3M TEKK Protection Brand DIY Safety Survey
conducted by Kelton, April 2013. An online survey of 604 Americans ages
35-54 who own a home and have completed a DIY home improvement project.
** American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Injury Snapshot, 2010
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