Avoiding Accidents in Garden

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Avoiding Accidents in Garden

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According to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, UK, “About 300,000 people are hurt in their gardens each year seriously enough to go to hospital – 110,000 of them are children. Around 87,000 are injured actively gardening or carrying out DIY jobs in the garden.”

RoSPA also lists down the tools causing the most number of accidents:

Lawnmowers (6,500 accidents in the UK each year)

2. Flowerpots (5,300)

3. Secateurs and pruners (4,400)

4. Spades (3,600)

5. Electric hedge trimmers (3,100)

6. Plant tubs and troughs (2,800)

7. Shears (2,100)

8. Garden forks (2,000)

9. Hoses and sprinklers (1,900)

10. Garden canes and sticks (1,800)

And yet you can’t do anything in a garden without some of these tools. They cause accidents because of the carelessness of the people around them.

Here are some dos and don’ts to avoid accidents in garden:

  1. Never leave your garden tools lying away in the garden after you are done with the work. Have a kit or place where you can keep all your tools organized. You don’t want them to get into the hands of your kids.
  2. Garden hoses not coiled and kept properly in one corner of the garden may cause someone, most likely yourself, to trip and fall. Who knows what might happen next. Be careful with your hoses.
  3. Running taps or faucets in your garden may cause water logging and slippery mud.
  4. Never use the wrong tool for the right job. There is a reason why there are different tools for different purposes. Using wrong tools may not directly hurt you but may cause spasms and muscle tear.
  5. Always wear garden gloves while working in the garden. Gloves will not only protect you from injuries from stones, thorns and tree barks, but also from the toxicity of the soil and insects.
  6. Hire a professional for big tasks like cutting down an entire tree. You may not be up to the task.
  7. Have a Residual Current Device (RSD) nearby when working with electrically operated tools to avoid electrocution.
  8. Consider using proper lighting in your garden for nighttime safety.
  9. Always supervise children and/or if they are near while you are working with any heavy equipment. Little carelessness may cost a life.
  10. Consider replacing old, worn our tools, especially electrically operated ones. You will only endanger yourself and others by using worn out wires and machines.
  11. Provide safety rails and barriers in your garden to stop children from going where they shouldn’t.

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