Leaving Summer Behind: Amica Insurance Shares Fall Cleanup Tips

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Raking leaves and mowing the lawn can lead to serious injuries, so it's important to exercise caution when cleaning up this fall.

With leaves starting to drop from trees, the time for fall cleanup has arrived. That’s why Amica Insurance is offering tips to promote safe raking and lawn mowing this autumn.

The American Chiropractic Association warns that “the twisting, turning, bending, and reaching of mowing and raking can … cause injury if your body is not prepared.” As a result, it’s important to stretch before, during and after yard work. Amica is also sharing the following tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Choose a rake that fits both your size and strength, and use gloves while raking to prevent blisters.
  • Wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles, as wet leaves are often dangerous to walk on.
  • Wear protective gear – like goggles, boots and long pants – when mowing, and never cut the lawn barefoot or in sandals.
  • Make sure leaf bags aren’t too heavy, especially when leaves are wet. Bags should be easy to carry to prevent back injuries.
  • If using a lawnmower, the engine should be off and cool before performing maintenance or refueling.
  • Use a stick or broom handle when removing debris from under the mower. Don’t touch the blade with your hands or feet – even when the engine isn’t running – as it may still move and lead to serious injuries.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way, Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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