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Careful now! Minding yourself in the garden

Stay safe out there, its a scary world!

  • Put tools away, keep sharp objects safe.
  • Keep fertilizers and any garden sprays or pallets away from children and pets.
  • Careful when lifting heavy objects.
  • Look after knees with either a kneeling cushion or knee-pads.
  • Protect from the sun.
  • Always wear gloves and cover wounds with waterproof dressing. Keep a small first aid kit handy.  Keep tetanus shots up to date.
  • Wear a dust mask when strimmering to avoid bracken spores and fine dust particles.
  • Do not put cooked food on the compost heap as this can attract rats. Compost tumblers are a good idea as they are vermin proof.
  • Ponds are great but make sure they are safe for young children.
  • Watch out for ticks and other insects.
  • Some plants can cause allergic reactions such as phytophotodermatitis (Contact with the plant followed by exposure to sunlight results in very severe, localised sunburn.) It is best to avoid these, especially rue, giant hogweed and Queen Anne’s lace.  Click HERE for more information on phytophotodermatic plants.
  • Some plants are poisonous if eaten - laburnum seeds, potato fruits, fungi, sweet pea seeds. Be careful around these plants if you have young children or pets.  Click HERE for more information on poisonous plants
  • Always keeps instructions for tools and equipment. Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants to prevent injury when using power tools and equipment.
  • Protect your hearing when using machinery.
  • Always wash your hands after gardening and especially before eating.

Horror stories

Legionnaires disease - can be caught from stagnant water or water droplets in warm conditions.

Bioaerosols are micro-organisms present in compost heaps that can be harmful if breathed in.

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that can enter through soiled cuts or wounds made by plant thorns. (Get vaccinated)

Sepsis - although rare, sepsis can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body, following an injury in the garden such as a cut.

Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) - this is a disease humans can catch from rats through water or wet vegetation contaminated with rat urine. Rats also transmit salmonella.

Lyme disease - is an infectious disease caused by bacteria which is spread by ticks.  It can affect the skin, joints, heart, and the nervous system.  Do not underestimate the dangers of tick bites .

If all the above worries you then go and have a nice cup of tea and watch The Day of the Triffids.  You'll feel much better afterwards!


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