Gardening is a lovely relax on a day off, but you always have to make sure you are staying safe. Although it doesn’t seem like it, gardening can actually be quite dangerous if you are not careful. Here are a few things to remember to have with you before heading out to garden.
- Make sure you are wearing a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and full length clothing to protect you from the sun. Also make sure to apply lots of sunscreen before going out. Avoid gardening in the hottest part of the day (10am-2pm).
- Avoid touching your face to prevent exposure to chemicals used in the garden. Keep a small rag or cloth in your pocket to wipe your face with instead.
- Wear gloves and closed in shoes to protect your skin from chemicals and to prevent cuts and injuries.
- Wear cotton or lycra socks without any tight elastic bands to make sure you aren’t constraining blood flow to your feet.
- Try to use a knee cushion or knee pads to protect your knees from Gardener’s Knee.
- Make sure to read instructions on how to use your gardening equipment, and be alert and cautious at all times.
- Make sure to warm up beforehand and avoid long and repetitive gardening. Switch up your tasks during the day.
- Drink lots of water and take frequent breaks.