Yardwork Safety Tips for Older Adults

Protect yourself from aches and accidents

It can take a lot of effort to keep your home’s lawn, garden, and other outdoor spaces in shape throughout the warm months. It’s important to undertake that work safely, especially when using powerful equipment like a mower or working off the ground with a ladder.

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Consumer Reports’ experts have plenty of solid advice on using such tools as safely as possible. Here, we share the best tips for making sure you stay pain- and accident-free.

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Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the June 2022 issue of Consumer Reports On Health


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John Galeotafiore

As a testing team leader, I manage the testing of flooring—wood, tile, laminate, and vinyl—and other home improvement products. Needless to say, I've covered a lot of ground in my 30 years here at CR.