HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A warning as you head outside to do some fall clean-up. Hartford Hospital has seen a number of injuries over the past couple weeks and with this warm weather, they want to make sure you stay safe.
It's that time of year for fall cleanup. And with the warm weather, the ER at Hartford Hospital has seen a spike in trauma surgeries.
"It happens two to three times a week, and as trauma surgeons we only see the really bad cases. We don't see the little cuts to the hand, the small things like that," said Dr. Joseph Portereiko, Hartford Hospital.
Dr. Portereiko is a trauma surgeon at Hartford Hospital. As leaves clog the gutters, he says one of the most common injuries is ladder falls.
"The weekend warriors and do it yourself homeowners, they want to clean the gutters themselves. They get up on the ladder and they fall off the ladders," said Portereiko.
A safety tip for the ladder is that you want to make sure the feet are flat on the ground. Landscapers say the ladder should also be about a 45 degree angle and when you get to the top, the biggest mistake people make is they reach out to clean the gutters. They over reach, fall and get seriously injured.
"It's a variety of injuries to small bruises, to major broken bones, broken backs, to major injuries, things like that," said Portereiko.
People have even been paralyzed falling off a ladder.
Dr. Portereiko says never work alone in the yard in case you get injured, there is someone around to call 911. And have the proper safety equipment, especially when working with a chainsaw.
"It can be pretty dangerous. We see that people are just going to quickly cut that limb down and it hits you on the head and it can be life changing. It can be a devastating head injury. So just knowing your limits and what you can take care of," said Portereiko.
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