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Tue., May. 3 - Safety tips for weekend yard work warriors.
Tue., May. 3 - A $35-million-dollar water treatment system separates Quantico Creek from the arsenic and lead found in the untreated coal ash water at Possum Point Power Station.
Tue., May. 3 - Sell or stay, these home improvements pay off in the long run.
Mon., May. 2 - The Prince William County Service Authority will participate in Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi’s Town Hall Meeting at Potomac View Elementary School to discuss the Service Authority’s upcoming Willowbrook Water Main Replacement Project on May 3.
Mon., May. 2 - Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart told The Associated Press on Saturday that he plans to launch an official campaign in October.
Mon., May. 2 - The final local State Corporation Commission (SCC) Hearing for the Dominion power line and substation is tonight.
Mon., May. 2 - Fly high with the free 2016 Manassas Regional Airport Airshow and open house on May 7.
Mon., May. 2 - The Prince William County Arts Council is seeking its next poet laureate.
Sun., May. 1 - In a matchup for both Conference 8 standings position and local bragging rights in western Prince William, the Battlefield Bobcats edged the Patriot Pioneers by a score of 3-2 on Patriot's softball diamond in Nokesville on April 22.
Sun., May. 1 - Junior midfielder scores three goals, adds assist.
Spring into Safety
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Spring is finally here and time to get that yard back in shape.
You may have big plans for the great outdoors, but m ake sure that you take the proper precautions warns the experts from Patient First. You may think it only happens to the other guy, but yard work mishaps injure thousands of people every spring.
A few simple safety tips can ease the strain and reduce your risk of injury.
Dress for safety
Be sure to wear proper shoes. Forget the flip-flops. They won’t protect your feet from debris or give you proper foot support in the yard.
Long sleeves and pants can help protect you from poison ivy, cuts and other dangers lurking in the bushes.
Protective gloves with a nonslip surface will help you grip tools and prevent blisters. They also provide protection from thorns and sharp objects.
Safety glasses or goggles are especially important. Wear them when operating machinery like weed trimmers, lawnmowers, and leaf blowers. They protect your eyes from flying debris and reduce the amount of pollen that can irritate eyes.
Remember to protect yourself by warming up with a few stretches before you begin working. Your muscles will thank you for it. Start with a short walk to loosen the muscles, followed by a 5 to 10 minute stretching session. This will help prevent injury to your back, legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
Take your time
Be sure to pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Proper hydration is important for your muscles and general good health.
Plan the most strenuous tasks for early morning and evening when it may be cooler.
Avoid straining muscles by rotating tasks to avoid repetitive movements.
Proper lifting and bending
Save your aching back. Remember to bend your knees and use your legs when lifting heavy items. Do not just reach out with your arms. Lift that bag of mulch straight off the ground by bending your knees and keeping your spine straight. Avoid twisting your body and get help if something is too heavy to lift alone safely. Also, remember that kneeling is easier on your back than bending over for long periods of time. Use knee pads, or sit on a garden stool to ease unnecessary stress on your back.
Protect your skin
Don’t forget to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Hats and long sleeves can also protect you from some of the sun’s rays.
Bug spray can help keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay.
Patient First currently operates 63 centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey including one in Gainesville.
Patient First physicians are available to provide more back saving tips and can tell you how to treat the aches and pains that can go along with spring cleanup.