Safety Tips for Ranking Leaves

Use the following safety tips when dealing with relating leaves:
1. Avoid twisting your body while raking.  Use your legs to shift your weight rather than twisting your
      back.  Throwing leaves over the shoulder or to the side while raking involves twisting movements that
      can overly strain the muscles in the back.
  2. Use a properly-sized rake for your height and strength.
  3. Wear gloves to help prevent blisters on the hands.
  4. Bend at the knees, rather than the waist, to pick up items.
  5. Do some form of light exercise for ten minutes to warm up the muscles prior to raking.
  6. Try to vary your movements as much as you can to avoid overuse of muscle groups.
  7. Wear shoes with skid-resistant soles to minimize the risk of falling.  Sturdy shoes can also reduce    
      the risk of injuries to your feet.
  8. Don't over do it.  Raking is an aerobic activity;  You may need to take frequent breaks or slow your
      pace if you exercise infrequently.
  9. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
10. When you're done, gentle muscle stretching  can help relieve tension in the muscles. A hot bath can relax muscles.