Gardening can be a great way to have fun as well as a good source of physical fitness or activity. Besides, you will get a beautiful garden near your home, which can multiply the beautifulness of your home’s neighbourhood.but you going to be safe as well. Here are some safety tips for gardening.
However, during making your garden look good, you should keep yourself safe from getting unwanted injuries and health issues. A US survey showed that every year around 0.4 million people rush to the hospital to get treated for the gardening tool-related mishap. So, you should know more about safety tip for gardening. In this guide, I will be showing you a few awesome safety tips that can save you from gardening-related injuries. You may already know that prevention is better than cure.
If you follow these safety tips below, you can dodge injuries and discomfort easily.
I am providing you with this list(Safety tips for gardening).
- Put safety first.
Sometimes you need to use tools and equipment to complete your task correctly and faster.
That equipment and tools can be powered or manually operable.
Those can cause you severe damage if they are not adequately handled.
You can lower the risk by avoiding distractions, using equipment and chemicals carefully.
Follow these safety tips for gardening while using equipment and tools.
- Read warning labels and instructions on chemicals and lawn and garden equipment.
- Ensure equipment is functioning correctly.
- Carefully handle the shape tools.
- Put away tools, unsafe chemicals, and equipment out of children’s reach.
- Study about natural threats in your local area.
We do need to know about our local natural dangers. I mean to say about insects which can harm us such as scorpions, bumblebees, poison ivy, wasps etc. Your area might have different natural threats, but knowing about the behaviour and appearance of these potential dangers will help you avoid any unwanted circumstances in the future.
If you can use your common sense and observation, then you should be able to reduce the risk. Last but not least, you must consider taking proper precautions.
- Inquire, start digging.
If you live in a country like America, then you have an option to make a call to inquire about if there’s any pipeline buried underground in your home’s yard. You just need to confirm that you accidentally do not hit any underground lines. Because accidentally you could hit a high voltage electricity line or a natural gas pipeline with your shovel. I am pretty sure you don’t want to do that because it can cause you money to fix that line.
It’s worth making a call once even if your house is 50 years old. Instead, you do not want to hit power lines, phone lines etc.
Avoid heavy stuff if you can.
Sometimes working in the garden may involve heavy lifting work. If you fall into that situation, then only do lifting which you can do it easily without any pressure.
That way, you can save yourself from having back pain. However, if you can’t avoid the heavy lifting work, then get help.
Use the precise tool for the job.
It will be a smart move if you are using the right tool for your gardening task. Do not use a trowel instead of a shovel or use a pruner for your pruning task, not scissors. I am not saying that you can’t use those tool, but if you don’t pick the right tool, it may not perform well the way you want.
Or even it can break the tool and cause you injuries.
When not in use keep all the tools properly.
After finishing your gardening tasks, put away all tools in the right place. If you have small children in your home, then it’s a must thing to do. You should not take the risk of that children may accidentally hurt themselves by playing with your tools.
Use a hat and sunscreen.
It’s a common thing while working in the garden you will get burned by the sun’s UV rays. It can damage your skin gradually. You need to apply sunscreen lotion which has SPF 15 or over. The higher, the better protection against sun rays. My recommendation would avoid going outside between 11 am to 3 pm. If you need to go out, then wear a wide-brimmed hat made of breathable clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated.
While working in your garden on hot sunny days, make sure you consume lots of water and relax when you are not feeling comfortable.
When thirsty do not drink high sugar-based soft drink instead take plain water. Water will keep you hydrated effectively.
Keep away the plant bulbs in a safe place.
Small children tend to put anything in their mouth. If they get small plant bulbs at their hands, they might put it in their mouth. Some plant bulbs are poisonous and if it’s eaten may pose threat health problems. So, keeping away from children will be the right decision.
To make your garden beautiful, you should work hard in your garden. Do not work that much, which can lead you to unwanted muscle strain, rapid fatigue. Before jump into your gardening work, do some warm-up so that you can keep up with. Take a little break when necessary. That way you can have a beautiful garden and gain physical fitness as well.
Avoid wiping your face while working in the garden.
While you are working in your garden, you might have noxious substance attached on your arms or hands. At that time if you touch your face to wipe off some sweat, then you could have transmitted some germs to your body. If you need to clear your face, you can wash your hand and then use a clean piece of cloth to wipe your face.
You might get in touch with poison ivy, which will make you feel so much discomfort. If you think poison ivy got you then wait no more. Wash your face as soon as possible.
Eliminate mosquito habitats.
Mosquitoes can be very dangerous for anyone. They can make you seriously ill and send you to bed for months. Take them very seriously. Destroy their habitat.
Look for standing water in your garden. Left out toys, buckets, or something that can hold water can be the source of mosquito colony. Eliminate those source first if you don’t want to be bitten by mosquitoes.
Especially in the rainy season, we need to be careful about letting mosquitoes building habitats near your home or in your garden.
Vaccination can save your life and prevent various diseases. Every adult should get a vaccination of tetanus every ten years. Generally, tetanus found in the soil and can enter into your body if you cut yourself while working in the garden. So, you have to be very cautious while using sharp tools.
They are typically prone to tetanus infections.
Make sure you have taken the tetanus vaccination before you jump to gardening. You can also go for the diphtheria vaccine. It is not mandatory, but precaution is better, you know. If you have any further query, then take a visit to a qualified doctor or physician.
Be aware of wasp and bee activity.
- You should be aware of these insects. Although you are not allergic to bees.
- Never take meaningless risks, something like trying to pluck a flower while it’s swarming with lots of bees.
- First, have precautions like wearing long-sleeved jacket and gloves on your hand.
- Wasps typically do not bother people unless they bother wasps.
- If you own a pond, search carefully before weeding out near your pond because wasps tend to build its nest near water.
Typically, yellow-jackets and wasps both collects moisture. If they are interrupted, they can sting anyone ferociously to guard their nest. Look for their nest from time to time. You can eliminate their nest using a power washer before they build a larger colony around your home. Or you can use chemicals to exterminate them. This can save your children from being stung. However, if you are allergic to them and the nest you found is quite bigger, then my recommendation will be called a professional to do the job correctly.
Lookout for allergic people before burn noxious plants.
If you are planning to burn the weeds such as poison ivy or any noxious plants, hold on. You may not know, but there could be people who are very allergic to the poisons come out by the fire, which can cause them to become ill or break out. Don’t be the cause of suffering for someone. Look for the first, then burn the weeds. This way, we all can be happy.
On the other hand, if you are thinking about pluck up the poison ivy be cautious do not let your face hit by the poison ivy. Because it will be a great disaster, so, use chemicals to get rid of noxious plants if possible.
I know no one wants to get being hurt. But accidents can happen anytime, anyplace. If you follow these safety tips for gardening, you can keep away yourself from getting hurt. And have less possible injuries. Just remember; following few simple precautions can lower the chance of unwanted illness or injury.