Lou Manfredini and 3M TEKK Protection Brand Offer Top Five Safety Tips for Lawn and Garden Projects

  Lou Manfredini and 3M TEKK Protection Brand Offer Top Five Safety Tips for
  Lawn and Garden Projects

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- June 20, 2013

With warmer weather upon us, millions of American DIYers will be dusting off
their lawn mowers to get their lawns and gardens looking lush and beautiful.
According to a new survey by 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand and the National
Safety Council*, many may not be aware of the dangers that are lurking each
time they rev up those small engines.

In fact, more than one in three DIYers (39 percent) report injuries from using
a lawn mower with eye and ear injuries topping the list. Yet while 45 percent
say they are concerned about getting injured, 57 percent never wear ear
protection and 43 percent never protect their eyes.

“Smart preparation can make all the difference when you’re taking on outdoor
projects this season,” said Manfredini, host of HouseSmarts TV and home
improvement contributor on NBC’s The Today Show. “Whether you’re doing routine
tasks like mowing the lawn or spreading fertilizer, it’s important to protect
yourself with the proper safety gear.”

Manfredini provides these tips to help keep outdoor DIYers safe and protected
this lawn and garden season.

1.Before you mow your lawn, take time to walk the yard quickly to inspect
    for items that may be lying on the ground. Sticks and stones can break
    your bones – particularly, if the blade of the mower picks it up and
    throws it at high speed from under the mower's deck.

    In fact, the blades of a power mower can hurl objects such as rocks and
    twigs at fast speeds, turning them into dangerous projectiles. Be sure to
    help protect your eyes with safety eyewear like 3M^TM TEKK Protection^TM
    ForceFlex^TM MAX Flexible Safety Eyewear.
2.There is nothing better than digging in the dirt but for most of us it's a
    great way to tear up our hands. A good pair of gloves that fit well will
    give you added protection and help keep you working longer in the garden.
3.Lawn and garden power tools make your outdoor chores go much more quickly.
    But the noise that they make can harm your hearing even if you are only
    exposed for a short amount of time. Make sure you are wearing ear
    protection. It comes in many varieties ---from disposable foam ear plugs
    to high quality ear muffs, and even ones that will play music while you
    work like 3M^TM TEKK Protection^TM WorkTunes^TM Hearing Protector.
4.Spreading fertilizers around your lawn and garden will help control weeds
    and green things up but you do not want to inhale the fumes from those
    chemicals. Help protect your lungs by wearing a respirator when applying
    these products. A 3M^TM TEKK Protection^TM Sanding and Fiberglass Valved
    Respirator can help protect you and help keep you comfortable and cool
    with its unique, patented Cool Flow^TM Valve technology.
5.No matter what project you are doing outside, wearing eye protection is a
    must. Each year, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur and more than
    half of all reported injuries occur within the home.^** Protective eyewear
    has come a long way and offers styles that are comfortable and stylish,
    and designed to help keep your eyes protected from projectiles and
    contaminants.

To help create your safety shopping list, visit www.3mtekk.com and check out
the Product Selector and instructional videos to choose the right protection
for your project.

About 3M
3M TEKK Protection offers a full line of innovative respiratory, eyewear and
hearing products designed to help keep DIYers and professionals safe when
completing projects around the home. 3M TEKK Protection products can be found
at home improvement and hardware stores across the U.S. For additional
information, go to www.3mtekk.com.

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* National Safety Council/3M TEKK Protection Brand DIY Safety Survey conducted
by Kelton, April 2013. An online survey of 604 Americans ages 35-54 who own a
home and have completed a DIY home improvement project.

** American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Injury Snapshot, 2010

3M, 3M TEKK Protection, ForceFlex, WorkTunes and Cool Flow are trademarks of
3M

Contact:

Media Contact:
3M Public Relations
Robert Brittain, 651-733-7034
rbrittain@mmm.com
or
Cohn & Wolfe
Dana Simone, 212-798-9708
dana.simone@cohnwolfe.com
 
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