Date: 10 Jun 2015
Gardening Safety at Home
Now that the weather is brighter and warmer, no doubt you will be wanting to spend more time outdoors and get the garden looking lovely for the summer months. If you’re planning a whole refurbishment or just a bit of a tidy up, we have a few tips to remember so that safety always comes first…
Do some research before buying plants. Your local garden centre will be able to advise you on which ones are poisonous or potentially dangerous to babies, children and pets.
If you want to install a pond or standing water feature, consider blocking access with a small fence. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water in just a few seconds. If you have small babies it might be worth reconsidering a pond for now and opting for a fountain style water feature instead.
Barbecues and other fuel burning appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which is very serious and sometimes fatal when not used safely. Never use these items within a confined space, such as a tent, caravan or conservatory. You can’t smell, taste or see carbon monoxide so know the symptoms to look out for:
- Symptoms to look out for include: Headaches; dizziness; feeling sick; tiredness and confusion; stomach pains or shortness of breath.
- Higher concentrations can give more severe symptoms: Symptoms of intoxication; vertigo, as if the environment is spinning; loss of coordination; breathlessness and high heart beat rate; seizures or unconsciousness leading to death.
Sun Cream: Apply a high factor (at least 30 SPF) sunscreen 20 minutes before heading out and reapply regularly throughout the day.
Sunglasses: Make sure sunglasses meet BS EN 1836:2005 requirements.
Sun Hats: Sun hats that cover the head and nape of neck, with a peak to shade the face, are best.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Make sure paving slabs are level and uneven surfaces smoothed out. Things like garden hoses can camouflage well into the grass causing a trip hazard, and tools such as shears and rakes can cause a serious injury if left on the ground and trodden on.