'Take care' when long weekend cleaning, warns ACC

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People trying to complete work around the house before winter sets in has traditionally caused thousands of injuries over Queen's Birthday Weekend, and the Accident Compensation Corporation is warning DIYers to take care.

Nearly 15,000 people were injured over the long weekend last year, but ACC was confident that number would drop this year.

"Whether you're planning to clear guttering, stow away outdoor furniture and clean the barbecue grill, clear the paths, stack firewood, or prepare the garden - don't forget to injury-proof yourself," the corporation said in a statement.

"Work to the conditions, use the right equipment, wear protective gear, where appropriate keep children away from work areas, follow basic ladder safety rules when climbing, clear away clutter and hazards. Also, take your time: a lot of injuries happen at the end of the day when you are getting tired and rushing."

- APNZ

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