Safety Around the Homestead
Today I'm thinking about safety and how important it is to practice safe habits when working around the homestead.
As someone who has been single for a very long time, I've gotten pretty good at doing things myself. And I don't always think about my personal safety before I start a project. I'll just state right here that I keep my tetanus shots up to date because I know that I'm going to do something stupid on a regular basis. And if I think there's a fair possibility that I might get into trouble, I do make a point of emailing or texting someone about my plans, and to ask if they will check on me if I don't let them know that I've finished the dangerous part by a certain time.
Looking around my little in-town lot, there are still some things that have high potential for accidents, and I'm not even using chainsaws, axes, or farm machinery. Nor do I have livestock, which comes with unique opportunities for injury.
I'm talking about ladders (or chairs, if I'm too impatient to get the ladder), sharp objects and broken glass uncovered while working in the yard, ankle-busting holes in the yard, ragged chain link fencing with sharp ends, piles of rusting junk left by former owners, falling limbs from untended trees, a shed FULL of miscellaneous stuff (some useful to me, much not), electrical wires that hang a bit lower than I'd like - the back of the house is really short, in order that snow might slide off the roof and that's where the service lines come into the old house, broken sidewalks with toe-catching segments...the list goes on.
Having been pretty much continuously certified at one level or another in first aid since I was 20, I keep a good first aid kit on hand, and my cell phone in my pocket. And I try to think through the possible dangers of any task before starting in. It's those stupid, self inflicted injuries that hurt the worst.
Are you always thinking about safety on your homestead? Do you take precautions and let others know when you might be about to do something that could require rescue?
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