Tips For Recycling Scrap Metal

If you have scrap metal that you need to remove from your property or other location, and you plan on taking on the task yourself, then you should consider recycling it. This is going to be a simple way for you to get rid of the scrap metal while being able to get yourself some cash for it, which is always nice. This article will offer you safety tips on things that you want to do and keep in mind when you begin going through the scrap metal as well as offer other helpful tips and ideas. 

Get a tetanus shot

You should have a tetanus booster shot every ten years. Many people end up getting cut on metal and going to the hospital where the medical staff will ask when their last tetanus shot was. In a lot of cases, the answer is, "I don't remember." In these cases, the person will then be given a tetanus shot. However, the shot takes time to become effective, so it's much better to already be covered if and when you do get injured. Since you are going to be working with metal, which may have a lot of sharp edges, it's a great idea to get your booster shot before you start digging through all of that scrap metal.

Wear the right gear

Not only do you want to make sure you are wearing thick work gloves when you are digging through scrap metal, but you also need to have on thick-soled work boots, long work pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Don't wear baggy clothing, or you may increase your chances of getting your clothing snagged by a piece of scrap metal which can cause you to fall or get cut.

Choose when you go through the scrap metal wisely

Scrap metal will get very hot when the sun hits it on a hot day, so you want to make sure you choose a cooler day to go through the scrap metal, or that you do it first thing in the morning when the sun isn't going to make it very hot to touch should a part of your body that's not protected by thick work gloves rub against it.

Watch out for pests

When you are moving around scrap metal that's been sitting for a while, there can be all kinds of pests living in the cracks and crevices. Be on the lookout for everything from spiders to rats and snakes.

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