Spring Cleaning Safety Advice
Take precautions to avoid injury during this annual ritual.
Before you grab your mop and bucket, take a minute to review these safety tips:
Be sure to use cleaning products and chemicals correctly—and with caution.
- Wear rubber gloves and other protective gear, including safety glasses or goggles.
- Always follow safety guidelines and directions printed on the product label.
- Avoid combining chemicals, which could create a dangerous reaction.
- When using chemicals, open your windows to bring fresh air into your home.
- Try using nontoxic cleaning solutions, like vinegar and water for window cleaning, or baking soda to clean tile.
If your spring cleaning takes you to heights beyond your reach, avoid standing on furniture—grab a ladder instead, and follow these safety guidelines:
- Use ladders on level, stable ground, and avoid placing them on top of other objects.
- Keep your body centered—your belly button should stay between the sides of the ladder.
- Don’t step beyond the second rung from the top on stepladders, and the fourth rung from the top on extension ladders.
- Follow the 4:1 rule when using extension ladders: For every 4 feet of height, move the base 1 foot away from the structure.
Does your spring cleaning require you to move heavy objects? Keep these safety tips in mind to avoid injury:
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Bend at your knees, and keep your spine straight.
- Lift with your leg muscles.
- Keep objects close to your body, and make sure you can get a tight grip.
- If something is too heavy or bulky, ask for help.
Spring Safety Checklist
While you clean, remember to complete projects that could improve your safety, like these:
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries.
- Recycle old newspapers, magazines and other potential fire hazards.
- Prevent falls by securing rugs, tucking away loose wires and clearing high-traffic areas.
- Inspect your fire extinguishers to be sure they’re in working order.
- Throw out expired medications.