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For Immediate Release:
August 12, 2020
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Consumer Alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection Offers Tips to Help Keep New Yorkers Safe When Working Outdoors This Summer

Taking Simple Precautions Can Keep New Yorkers Safe When Working Outside

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) today offered New Yorkers tips to keep safe when working outdoors this summer.

“With many New Yorkers spending more time at home this summer due to COVID-19, it’s a great time to tackle those outdoor home improvement projects and catch up on yardwork,” said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who oversees the New York State Division of Consumer Protection. “I encourage all New Yorkers to keep these basic safety tips in mind when working around the house over the next several months.”

Summertime is a prime season for doing some home repairs and it is also a prime time for excessive heat. Excessive heat is the leading cause of preventable, weather-related deaths each year, particularly among the elderly. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat causes more than 600 preventable deaths in the United States yearly. Follow some basic tips to avoid injuries or illness when doing a variety of work around the home:

Heat Safety Tips:

Ladder Safety Tips:

Power Tools Safety Tips:

Electrical Safety Tips:

Lawn Mowing Safety Tips:

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection serves to educate, assist and empower the State’s consumers.  For more consumer protection information, call the Consumer Helpline at 800-697-1220, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Consumer complaints can be filed anytime online at the Division website, www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection. Follow the Division at @NYSConsumer or www.facebook.com/nysconsumer.

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